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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: snicker

snigger

verb
     
snig‧ger [intransitive]
British English to laugh quietly in a way that is not nice at something which is not supposed to be funny [= snicker American English]
snigger at
What are you sniggering at? This is a serious poem.
snigger noun [countable]
WORD FOCUS: laugh WORD FOCUS: laugh
giggle to laugh repeatedly in a silly way because you are amused, embarrassed, or nervous
snigger
to laugh unkindly and quietly, especially at something that is not meant to be funny
chuckle
to laugh quietly, especially because you are thinking about something funny
roar/howl with laughter
to laugh very loudly because you think something is very funny
be in hysterics
to laugh uncontrollably
crack up
informal to suddenly start laughing a lot


See also
laugh

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