One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounScottish, Northern English
A latch on a door or window.‘she quietly lifted the sneck and slipped out’
fastening, catch, fastenerView synonyms
- ‘‘Then again, some old maid's door will be slily fastened by tying tightly across the door jambs, in front of and to the ‘sneck’, a piece of wood to prevent her coming out of doors till released by a kind neighbour next morning.’’
- ‘After a good helping of steak and ale pie washed down with a pint of ‘sneck lifter’ at lunch time personally, I was full.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]Northern English, Scottish
Close or fasten (a door or window) with a latch.‘sneck the door and hide under the bed when they come’
bolt, lock, fasten, padlock, secure, latch, deadlock, block, barricade, obstructView synonyms
- ‘Before going to bed I barred the front door and snecked the door of our apartment.’
- ‘A click told him that the door had been snecked against him.’
- ‘He snecks his door to ward off harm.’
Middle English: obscurely related to snatch.
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