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sneck (plural snecks)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland) A latch or catch.
    • 1978, Jane Gardam, God on the Rocks, Abacus 2014, p. 2:
      Lydia jerked about with the blind, fixing it first in one little sneck and then another, finally pulling it right to the bottom and pressing the button into the little brass hole.
    • 1980, JL Carr, A Month in the Country, Penguin 2010, p. 3:
      The graveyard wall was in good repair, although, surprisingly, the narrow gate's sneck was smashed and it was held-to by a loop of binder twine.
  2. (Northern England, Scotland) The nose.
  3. A cut.


sneck (third-person singular simple present snecks, present participle snecking, simple past and past participle snecked)

  1. (transitive) To latch, to lock.
  2. (transitive) To cut.

Derived terms[edit]


  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • A List of words and phrases in everyday use by the natives of Hetton-le-Hole in the County of Durham, F.M.T.Palgrave, English Dialect Society vol.74, 1896, [2]
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[3]




sneck (third-person singular present snecks, present participle sneckin, past sneckt, past participle sneckt)

  1. to click (with a computer mouse)