Giggle vs Snicker what difference

what is difference between Giggle and Snicker

English

Etymology

Unknown. Perhaps a frequentative based on dialectal English gig (to creak), from Middle English gigen (to make a creaking sound) +‎ -le. Compare Middle English gigge, gige (a squeaking sound; a creak), Dutch giechelen, German kichern.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈɡɪɡl/
  • Rhymes: -ɪɡəl

Verb

giggle (third-person singular simple present giggles, present participle giggling, simple past and past participle giggled)

  1. To laugh gently or in a high-pitched voice; to laugh in a silly or giddy way.
    The jokes had them giggling like little girls all evening.

Synonyms

  • (laugh in a silly way): titter
  • See also Thesaurus:laugh

Derived terms

  • giggly

Translations

Noun

giggle (plural giggles)

  1. A high-pitched, silly laugh.
  2. (informal) Fun; an amusing episode.
    We put itching powder down his shirt for giggles.
    The women thought it would be quite a giggle to have a strippergram at the bride’s hen party.

Synonyms

  • (laugh): titter
  • (amusement): amusement, fun, a joke, a laugh or laughs

Translations



English

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsnɪk.ə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsnɪkɚ/
  • Rhymes: -ɪkə(r)

Etymology 1

US variant of the British snigger, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken (to gasp; sob). The noun is first recorded 1836, from the verb. Compare also Scottish smicker (to smile or laugh in a sniggering or leery way, smirk). More at smicker.

Alternative forms

  • snigger

Noun

snicker (plural snickers)

  1. A stifled or broken laugh.
Translations

Verb

snicker (third-person singular simple present snickers, present participle snickering, simple past and past participle snickered)

  1. (intransitive) To emit a snicker, a stifled or broken laugh.
  2. (transitive) To utter through a laugh of this kind.
  3. (of a horse) To whinny.
Synonyms
  • See also Thesaurus:laugh
Translations

Etymology 2

snick +‎ -er

Noun

snicker (plural snickers)

  1. (cricket, rare) A player who snicks the ball.

Anagrams

  • Kincers, Renicks, Resnick, nickers

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