Definition of snick in US 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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  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘Right,’ she said, snicking the blades a couple of times.’
    • ‘The door snicked closed behind her with an awful finality.’
    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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The safety snicked off, the only sound in the universe.’
      • ‘The blade snicks into place with all the precision found in a Swiss watch - and bank vault.’


  • 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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  • 2A sharp click.

    ‘he heard the snick of the latch’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The right thumb notched the spur back with the oily snick and click from a different century.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I heard the soft snick of a door as the glaring lights and confused tumble of sound was shut away.’
    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’.