Definition of snib in English:

snib

nounPlural snibs

Irish, Scottish
  • 1A lock, latch, or fastening for a door or window.

    • ‘No, he entered my home, and once you're in the snib locks, and bad things do happen.’
    fastening, catch, fastener
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    1. 1.1 The small catch on a Yale lock which holds the bolt in or out.

verbsnibbed, snibbing, snibs

[with object]Irish, Scottish
  • Bolt, fasten, or lock (a door)

    ‘he snibbed the door and leaned against it, panting’
    • ‘It's only ever happened once, and that was only because a visitor snibbed a lock that wasn't meant to be snibbed.’
    • ‘I crept into the shared bathroom, snibbed the doors and tried to make as little noise as possible while showering.’
    • ‘I got into my room and snibbed the door.’
    • ‘Doors were never locked, nor windows ever snibbed and I cannot remember any house being burgled.’
    • ‘Once inside the rest room she snibbed the door and turned the tap over the washbasin full on to cover any sound.’
    bolt, lock, fasten, padlock, secure, latch, deadlock, block, barricade, obstruct
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Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps from Low German snibbe ‘beaklike point’.

Pronunciation

snib

/snɪb/