Etymology
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snickersnee (n.)

1690s, "a fight with knives," from snick-or-snee (1610s) "to thrust and cut in knife-fighting," also snick-a-snee, snick-and-snee, which is suspected to be Englished from a Dutch phrase (early English uses typically are in a Dutch context). Compare Dutch steken "to thrust, stick" (see stick (v.)) + snee "a cut, slice" (compare German Schneide "edge"), which is related to snijden "to cut" (compare German schneiden; see schnitzel). Modern English also borrowed snee as "a large knife."

updated on February 02, 2023

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