sny

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Etymology 1[edit]

First attested in late Middle English; from the Middle English snyȝe (creep); liken Danish snige (sneak), Irish snighim Old Irish snaighim

Verb[edit]

sny (third-person singular simple present snies, present participle snying, simple past and past participle snied)

  1. (obsolete, rare, intransitive) move, proceed

References[edit]

  • † Sny, v.” listed on page 343 of volume IX, part I (Si–St) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [1st ed., 1919]
      † Sny, v.Obs. — 1 In 5 snyȝe. [Of obscure origin.] intr. To move, proceed. [¶] a1400–50 Alexander 4095 Þan snyȝes þar, out of þat snyth hill.., A burly best.
  • †sny, v.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]

Etymology 2[edit]

First attested in 1674; its etymology is unknown.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

sny (third-person singular simple present snies, present participle snying, simple past and past participle snied)

  1. (now dialectal, intransitive) Abound, swarm, teem, be infested, with something.
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References[edit]

  • Sny, v.” listed on page 343 of volume IX, part I (Si–St) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [1st ed., 1919]
      Sny (snəi), v. Now dial. Forms: 7 snithe, 9 snive; 7, 9 snie, 8–9 sny, 9 snye; 7, 9 snee. [Of obscure origin.] intr. To abound, swarm, teem, be infested, with something. [¶] 1674 Ray N.C. Words 44 To Snee or snie, to abound or swarm. He snies with Lice, he swarms with them. 1675 V. Alsop Anti-sozzo 503 Certainly never did man so snithe with prejudices against Truth. c1746 J. Collier (Tim Bobbin) View Lanc. Dial. Gloss., Snye, to swarm. 1849 Howitt Year Bk. Country 242/32 The villages in the forest sny with children. 1882 Echo 16 Jan. 4/1 The place literally ‘snives’ with rabbits. 1897 J. Prior Ripple & Flood xix, The watter snies wi’ fish.
  • sny, v.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]

Etymology 3[edit]

First attested in 1711; its etymology is unknown; compare snying and the Danish sno (to twine”, “to twist).

Noun[edit]

sny (plural snies)

  1. (shipbuilding) Upward curving observed in the planks of a wooden ship or boat.
    1. [1711 onward] An upward curve at the edge of a plank.
    2. [circa 1850 onward] An upward curve in the lines of a wooden watercraft from amidships toward its bow and its stern.

References[edit]

  • Sny, sb.” listed on page 343 of volume IX, part I (Si–St) of A New English Dictionary on Historical Principles [1st ed., 1919]
      Sny (snəi), sb.Shipbuilding. [Cf. Snying vbl. sb.] (See quots. 1846 and 1875.) [¶] a.1711 W. Sutherland Shipbuild. Assist. 54 In working up a round Buttock of a Ship, the lower Edge of the Planks will have a sudden Sny aft. 1846 A. Young Naut. Dict. 288 In shipbuilding, a plank is said to have sny, when its edge has an upward curve. [¶] b.c1850 Rudim. Nav. (Weale) 149 The great sny occasioned in full bows..is..to be prevented by introducing steelers. 1875 Knight Dict. Mech. 2232/1 Sny,..the trend of the lines of a ship upward from amidship toward the bow and the stern.
  • sny, n.” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]

Etymology 4[edit]

First attested with this spelling in 1893; see snye.

Noun[edit]

sny (plural snies)

  1. Alternative spelling of snye
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    • 1893, Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer Abroad, Tom Sawyer, Detective and Other Stories (1896), page unknown
      “Well, Mars Tom, my idea is like dis. It ain’t no use, we can’t kill dem po’ strangers dat ain’t doin’ us no harm, till we’ve had practice — I knows it perfectly well, Mars Tom — ‛deed I knows it perfectly well. But ef we takes a’ ax or two, jist you en me en Huck, en slips acrost de river to-night arter de moon’s gone down, en kills dat sick fam’ly dat’s over on the Sny, en burns dey house down, en —”
    • 1948, Lawrence Johnstone Burpee [ed.], Canadian Geographical Journal (Royal Canadian Geographical Society), volume 36, page 151
      The word snye, sny or snie has been used for many years to describe a channel behind an island, with slack current or partly dried, or some such similar feature.

References[edit]

  • snye” listed in the Oxford English Dictionary [2nd ed., 1989]

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Polish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

sny

  1. nominative plural of sen
  2. accusative plural of sen
  3. vocative plural of sen