Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Snaw (sna) noun Snow. [ Obsolete or Scot.] Burns.
[ See Snath
.] 1. A snath. 2. A line or cord; a string.
[ Prov. Eng.]
(snēk) intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sneaked
(snēkt); present participle & verbal noun Sneaking
.] [ Middle English sniken
, Anglo-Saxon snīcan
to creep; akin to Danish snige sig
; confer Icelandic snīkja
to hanker after.] 1. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; as, to sneak away from company.
You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away. Dryden. 2. To act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch.
Sneak transitive verb To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner. [ Obsolete] "[ Slander] sneaks its head." Wake.
Sneak noun 1. A mean, sneaking fellow.
A set of simpletons and superstitious sneaks . Glanvill. 2. (Cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; -- called also grub .
[ Cant] R. A. Proctor.
Sneak current (Electricity) A current which, though too feeble to blow the usual fuse or to injure at once telegraph or telephone instruments, will in time burn them out.
Sneak-cup noun One who sneaks from his cups; one who balks his glass. [ Obsolete] Shak.
Sneaker noun 1. One who sneaks. Lamb. 2. A vessel of drink.
[ Prov. Eng.]
A sneaker of five gallons. Spectator.
1. [ plural ] Shoes with rubber or other soft soles which give no warning of one's approaching, esp. such shoes as are worn in games, as tennis. [ Slang, U. S.] 2. A punch bowl. [ Obsolete] Spectator.
Sneakiness noun The quality of being sneaky.
Sneaking adjective Marked by cowardly concealment; deficient in openness and courage; underhand; mean; crouching. -- Sneak"ing*ly , adverb -- Sneak"ing*ness , noun
Sneaksby noun A paltry fellow; a sneak. [ Obsolete] "Such a bashful sneaksby ." Barrow.
Sneaky noun Like a sneak; sneaking.
Sneap transitive verb
[ Confer Icelandic sneypa
to dishonor, disgrace, chide, but also English snip
, and snub
.] 1. To check; to reprimand; to rebuke; to chide.
[ Obsolete] Bp. Hall. 2. To nip; to blast; to blight.
Biron is like an envious, sneaping frost. Shak.
Sneap noun A reprimand; a rebuke.
My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without reply. Shak.
Sneath, Sneathe noun See Snath .
Sneb transitive verb
[ See Snib
.] To reprimand; to sneap.
[ Obsolete] "Scold and sneb
the good oak." Spenser.
Sneck transitive verb
[ See Snatch
.] To fasten by a hatch; to latch, as a door.
[ Scot. & Prov. Eng.] Sneck up
, be silent; shut up; hold your peace. Shak.
Sneck noun A door latch. [ Scot. & Prov. Eng.] Sneck band , a latchstring. Burns. -- Sneck drawer , a latch lifter; a bolt drawer; hence, a sly person; a cozener; a cheat; -- called also sneckdraw . -- Sneck drawing , lifting the latch.
Snecket noun A door latch, or sneck. [ Prov. Eng.]
Sned transitive verb To lop; to snathe. [ Prov. Eng.]
Sned, Sneed noun See Snath .
Sneer intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sneered
; present participle & verbal noun Sneering
.] [ Middle English sneren
, Danish sn...rre
to snarl or grin (like a dog); confer Prov. English sneer
to grin, sner
to snort, snert
to sneer at. See Snore
, intransitive verb
] 1. To show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression. 2. To inssinuate contempt by a covert expression; to speak derisively.
I could be content to be a little sneared at. Pope. 3. To show mirth awkwardly.
[ R.] Tatler. Syn.
-- To scoff; gibe; jeer. -- Sneer
. The verb to sneer
implies to cast contempt indirectly or by covert expressions. To jeer
is stronger, and denotes the use of several sarcastic reflections. To scoff
is stronger still, implying the use of insolent mockery and derision.
And sneers as learnedly as they, Swift.
Like females o'er their morning tea.
Midas, exposed to all their jeers , Swift.
Had lost his art, and kept his ears.
The fop, with learning at defiance, Gay.
Scoffs at the pedant and science.
Sneer transitive verb 1. To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer fulsome lies at a person. Congreve.
"A ship of fools," he sneered . Tennyson. 2. To treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers.
Nor sneered nor bribed from virtue into shame. Savage.
1. The act of sneering. 2. A smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of contempt. "Who can refute a sneer ?" Raley.
Sneerer noun One who sneers.
Sneerful adjective Given to sneering. [ Obsolete]
Sneeringly adverb In a sneering manner.
Sneeze intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Sneezed
; present participle & verbal noun Sneezing
.] [ Middle English snesen
; of uncertain origin; confer Dutch snuse
to sniff, English neese
, and Anglo-Saxon fneósan
.] To emit air, chiefly through the nose, audibly and violently, by a kind of involuntary convulsive force, occasioned by irritation of the inner membrane of the nose. Not to be sneezed at
, not to be despised or contemned; not to be treated lightly.
[ Colloq.] "He had to do with old women who were not to be sneezed at
." Prof. Wilson.
Sneeze noun A sudden and violent ejection of air with an audible sound, chiefly through the nose.
Sneezeweed noun (Botany) A yellow-flowered composite plant ( Helenium autumnale ) the odor of which is said to cause sneezing.
Sneezewood noun (Botany) The wood of a South African tree. See Neishout .
Sneezewort noun (Botany) A European herbaceous plant ( Achillea Ptarmica ) allied to the yarrow, having a strong, pungent smell.
Sneezing noun (Physiol.) The act of violently forcing air out through the nasal passages while the cavity of the mouth is shut off from the pharynx by the approximation of the soft palate and the base of the tongue.
[ Anglo-Saxon snell
; akin to Dutch snel
, German schnell
, Old High German snel
, Icelandic snjallr
valiant.] Active; brisk; nimble; quick; sharp.
[ Archaic or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
That horny-handed, snell , peremptory little man. Dr. J. Brown.
Snell noun A short line of horsehair, gut, etc., by which a fishhook is attached to a longer line.
Snet noun [ Confer German schnitt that which is cut, from schneiden to cut, English snath .] The fat of a deer. [ Obsolete or Prov. Eng.]
Snet transitive verb
[ See Snot
.] The clear of mucus; to blow.
[ Obsolete] " Snetting
his nose." Holland.
Snew intransitive verb To snow; to abound.
It snewed in his house of meat and drink. Chaucer.
Snib transitive verb
[ Middle English snibben
; confer Danish snibbe
, and English snub
, transitive verb
] To check; to sneap; to sneb.
Him would he snib sharply for the nones. Chaucer.
Snib noun A reprimand; a snub. [ Obsolete] Marston.
Snick noun [ Prov. English snick a notch; confer Icelandic snikka nick, cut.] Snick and snee [ cf. Dutch snee , snede , a cut], a combat with knives. [ Obsolete] Wiseman.
1. A small cut or mark. 2. (Cricket) A slight hit or tip of the ball, often unintentional. 3. (Fiber) A knot or irregularity in yarn. Knight. 4. (Furriery) A snip or cut, as in the hair of a beast.
Snick transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Snicked
; present participle & verbal noun Snicking
.] 1. To cut slightly; to strike, or strike off, as by cutting. H. Kingsley. 2. (Cricket) To hit (a ball) lightly. R. A. Proctor.
Snick noun & transitive verb See Sneck .
[ Prov. Eng. & Scot.] Snick up
, shut up; silenced. See Sneck up , under Sneck .
Give him money, George, and let him go snick up . Beau. & Fl.
Snicker intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Snickered
; present participle & verbal noun Snickering
.] [ Confer Dutch snikken
to sob, to sigh.] [ Written also snigger
.] 1. To laugh slyly; to laugh in one's sleeve. 2. To laugh with audible catches of voice, as when persons attempt to suppress loud laughter.
Snicker noun A half suppressed, broken laugh. [ Written also snigger .]
Snide adjective Tricky; deceptive; contemptible; as, a snide lawyer; snide goods. [ Slang]
Snider rifle, Snider noun (Mil.) A breech-loading rifle formerly used in the British service; -- so called from the inventor.