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Give a smothered or half-suppressed laugh.‘the boys at school were sure to snigger at him behind his back’with direct speech ‘“Doesn't he look like a fool?” they sniggered’
give a suppressed laugh, snicker, sneer, smirk, simperView synonyms
- ‘I looked above them to see everyone else that was in the library sneering and sniggering at me.’
- ‘He lifted his shirt to show his muscles and later in the programme, sniggered that this was the ‘best health club’ around.’
- ‘I was still sniggering quietly when something slimy hit me in the head.’
- ‘Kenny sniggered softly, but Jason shot his younger brother an annoyed look.’
- ‘He began to laugh, and some of the henchmen sniggered too.’
- ‘She sniggered and the rest of them laughed along.’
- ‘His friends sniggered with disbelief when he said was no longer using any drugs at all.’
- ‘They smiled to his face, shook his hand, acted impressed, wished him well, and went away sniggering behind his back.’
- ‘Felicity took one look at old Mrs. Briney and burst out laughing, sniggering and pointing at her.’
- ‘I heard the class snigger as I buried my head under my arms.’
- ‘The three of them smiled and gave each other knowing glances, sniggering quietly.’
- ‘To his left, he saw and heard the two youngest of his team snigger, but a steely glare wiped the smug look from their faces.’
- ‘So I turned around to see all of Conners friends pointing and sniggering at me.’
- ‘I sniggered again, but didn't comment.’
- ‘She sniggered softly, as if she'd never heard anything more ridiculous in her life.’
- ‘A few people sniggered and he smirked, balancing his blazer on the other arm, fully aware of his authority.’
- ‘A group of oriental fisherman passed behind him, sniggered, and disappeared into duty free bazaar run by an Indian who could manage a few words of Russian when he had to.’
- ‘The assembled news pack sniggered quietly as the school ma'am got her just deserts.’
- ‘Sabrina's three friends sniggered and Sabrina stuck her tongue out.’
- ‘Everyone sniggered behind his back for his lack of personality.’
A smothered or half-suppressed laugh.
suppressed laugh, snicker, sneer, smirk, simperView synonyms
- ‘I hear the beginning of a snigger in the back of the classroom.’
- ‘If anyone speaks to them, they look sideways at one another and stifle their sniggers.’
- ‘Even if it does all end in sniggers, at least you can say you weren't afraid to try.’
- ‘A couple of women get self-conscious about the terrible silence and attempt to fill it with nervous sniggers.’
- ‘This version is puerile, including jokes that could hardly have raised a snigger when first heard and turns of speech abandoned for over a generation.’
- ‘The other girls on the team just stare at me, while I hear a deep snigger somewhere in the background.’
- ‘But because of our sniggers and our sneers, we overlooked two rather surprising corollaries to this glamour business.’
- ‘You can imagine the silence, broken perhaps by a stifled snigger, that met that suggestion.’
- ‘Their sniggers and smirks would come to a halt when they would then discover that their hands were empty.’
- ‘When I announced at training that my car had been stolen, there were a few sniggers.’
- ‘I woke up to the sound of stifled sniggers.’
- ‘We started to laugh again, muffling our sniggers with our mittened hands.’
- ‘It's played for laughs, or should that be sniggers?’
- ‘There was a shocked silence followed by a few sniggers from the commentary box.’
- ‘There were sniggers and giggles all around the room and then everyone started talking.’
- ‘I fought to keep from rolling my eyes, and I felt Gabriel stifle a snigger next to me.’
- ‘But unlike in ordinary life, their tales of downfall are not treated with sniggers; they're treated with awe, a certain kind of humility, and sympathy and understanding.’
- ‘There were a few sniggers from the back, which soon became open laughter.’
- ‘There were a few sniggers but it just sounded as though we were crying.’
- ‘Having been a dedicated smoker for many years now, I was headed downstairs for a cigarette, when I heard quiet sniggers in the stairwell.’
Early 18th century: later variant of snicker.
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