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snicker (v.)

"laugh in a half-suppressed way," 1690s, possibly of imitative origin, similar to Dutch snikken "to gasp, sob." Related: Snickered; snickering.

snicker (n.)

"a smothered laugh," 1835, from snicker (v.).

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Definitions of snicker from WordNet

snicker (v.)
laugh quietly;
Synonyms: snigger
From wordnet.princeton.edu