Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To cut with short strokes; snip: snicked off a corner of the material.
  • transitive v. To make a small cut in; nick.
  • transitive v. To cause (something) to click: I snicked the door shut.
  • intransitive v. To snip: snicked with the shears.
  • intransitive v. To make a nick or nicks.
  • intransitive v. To click: The latch snicked open.
  • n. A cut made by snicking.
  • n. A clicking sound: "I heard a little snick and a flashlight came on” ( Anthony Hyde).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cut or snip
  • v. to hit the ball with the edge of the bat, causing a slight deflection
  • n. a small deflection of the ball off the side of the bat; often carries to the wicketkeeper for a catch
  • v. to make something click, to make a clicking noise
  • n. a sharp clicking sound
  • v. Alternative form of sneck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small cut or mark.
  • n. A slight hit or tip of the ball, often unintentional.
  • n. A knot or irregularity in yarn.
  • n. A snip or cut, as in the hair of a beast.
  • See sneck.
  • transitive v. To cut slightly; to strike, or strike off, as by cutting.
  • transitive v. To hit (a ball) lightly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cut; clip; snip; nick.
  • n. A small cut; a snip; a nick.
  • n. In cricket, a hit in which the bat is but slightly moved, the ball glancing off it.
  • n. A knot or kink, as in yarn or thread where it is twisted too tightly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a glancing contact with the ball off the edge of the cricket bat
  • v. hit a glancing blow with the edge of the bat
  • v. cut slightly, with a razor
  • n. a small cut

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Probably from snick or snee. (Wiktionary)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And with the click came another small sound, a brittle sound, barely heard; a sound like "snick," The trap was sprung.

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  • You'd hear a kind of snick, and see a bit of dust and plaster drop from the wall, and a hole appear that the plaster dropped out of.

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  • I turned the key and heard the elevator lock "snick" into place.

    Touch of Evil

  • From the minute I'd heard the "snick" of the tiny padlock securing it at my throat I'd wanted it off.

    Touch of Evil

  • The gearboxes were also spot-on, with every shift coming not only crisply and precisely but also with a certain mechanical "snick" that's lacking in, say, a Civic from Honda Motors.

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  • Meiklejohn received three bullets through his upper right arm, one through the right forearm, a finger blown away, a bullet through the left thigh, two bullets through the helmet, a "snick" in the neck, while his sword and scabbard were literally shot to pieces.

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  • Almost simultaneously there was a sharp metallic "snick," an electric bulb hanging from the ceiling flamed out luminously, a cupboard door flashed open, a voice cried out in joyous, perfect English: "Thank God for a man!"

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  • His name is Charles Sherrod, and he was an early leader of the Student Non-Violent Coodinating Commitee, or SNCC (pronounced "snick").

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  • The group, nicknamed "snick" for its SNCC initials, was established at Shaw University in Raleigh on April 15, 1960, in the aftermath of the Greensboro lunch counter sit-ins two months earlier.

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  • The keyboard slides out with a satisfying "snick" and the keys are spaced just right for comfortable typing.

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