Definition of snick in English:



[with object]
  • 1Cut a small notch or incision in (something)

    ‘the stem can be carefully snicked to allow the bud to swell’
    notch, nick, make an indentation in, make nicks in, make notches in, scallop, serrate, pink, cut, scratch, gash, slit, gouge, groove, furrow, dent
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    1. 1.1Cricket Deflect (the ball) slightly with the edge of the bat; deflect a ball delivered by (a bowler) in this way.
      ‘he scored 23 before he snicked Snell's out-swinger’
      • ‘They did, however, have a little good fortune as both snicked balls over the slips to the boundary, but they and the rest of the batsmen are going to need some more fortune tomorrow to keep in touch with Middlesex's huge first innings.’
      • ‘He snicked a ball onto his boot, from where it rebounded onto the stumps.’
      • ‘Then, when he was on eight, he snicked one through slips.’
      • ‘He soon gave our skipper a chance to redeem himself, by snicking my quicker ball straight to him again.’
      • ‘Remember, normally a wicketkeeper never has the time to worry about a snicked catch.’
  • 2Cause (something) to make a sharp clicking sound.

    with object and complement ‘he placed the pen in the briefcase and snicked it shut’
    • ‘I then snicked the knife closed and pocketed it.’
    • ‘‘Right,’ she said, snicking the blades a couple of times.’
    • ‘The door snicked closed behind her with an awful finality.’
    • ‘Carried thusly, they may be snicked off the belt clip in a heartbeat for use as a hand-held light, or instantly attached to a pistol.’
    • ‘However, old salts may at first find themselves trying in vain to snick the safety on before holstering.’
    1. 2.1no object Make a sharp clicking sound.
      ‘the bolt snicked into place’
      • ‘They would then snick the hammer down and hand it back with a nod.’
      • ‘The blade snicks into place with all the precision found in a Swiss watch - and bank vault.’
      • ‘The safety snicked off, the only sound in the universe.’
      • ‘It snicks on and off with a crisp snap, not too stiff, not too easy, just right.’
      • ‘The thumb safeties snick on and off firmly, yet they're not too stiff.’


  • 1A small notch or cut.

    ‘he had several shaving snicks’
    • ‘It needs only a few snicks with a knife and a touch of green paint to convert a piece of dry mahogany bark into an ornamental fish, complete with the scales and tail-fin.’
    cut, scratch, abrasion, incision, snick, scrape
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    1. 1.1Cricket A slight deflection of the ball by the bat.
      • ‘Or a rearing leg-spinner would be met with a snick that first slip would put down.’
      • ‘The umpire ignored two huge snicks from Aussie batsman as New Zealand pressed for victory in the third Test.’
      • ‘The shot resulted in a snick to the wicket-keeper and he departed absolutely livid with himself.’
  • 2A sharp click.

    ‘he heard the snick of the latch’
    • ‘The person inside reached up to release the seal ring on the neck of the pressure suit and with a sharp snick, the helmet came loose.’
    • ‘He heard the bolt of his door snick open, and he tucked the spoon swiftly into his sleeve, standing.’
    • ‘She heard a labored snick and felt the brick move under her hand.’
    • ‘I heard the soft snick of a door as the glaring lights and confused tumble of sound was shut away.’
    • ‘The right thumb notched the spur back with the oily snick and click from a different century.’
    clicking, click, clack, clacking, click-clack, ticking, tick-tock, snick, snicking, plock, plocking, beat, tap, tapping
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Late 17th century: probably from obsolete snick or snee ‘fight with knives’.