Definitions

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

  • n. A knife resembling a sword.
  • n. Archaic The act of fighting with knives.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large sword-like knife, especially one used as a weapon.
  • n. A knife fight.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as snick and snee (which see, under snick).

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

  • n. fighting with knives

Etymologies

Alteration of obsolete stick or snee, to cut and thrust in fighting with a knife, partial translation of Dutch steken of snijden : steken, to stab (from Middle Dutch; see steig- in Indo-European roots) + of, or + snijden, to cut (from Middle Dutch sniden).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
An alteration of snick or snee. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • “It is a good deal like a mole: You know the mole is there; you see where he has made the hole and the hump in the ground where he has crawled; but if you jab a ‘snickersnee’ into the hole, he may not be there.”

    Colossus

  • Or if you'd come on the scene a minute later, even ... oh, aye, we had the lock picked and I was about to go aloft when you arrived with your little snickersnee, curse you, and then that damned sergeant and his sentries, and we had to shoot our way clear, and lost two good men - one of 'em your pal Gunther, you'll be desolated to learn.

    Watershed

  • It was a wicked-looking blue chicken with a third eye bursting through its forehead—a chicken with twelve claws, all of which clutched instruments of death: daggers, swords, deep-fry baskets, meat tenderizers, and a snickersnee.

    Jasper Dash and the Flame-Pits of Delaware

  • Otto, indeed, had convulsively grasped his snickersnee, with intent to plunge it into the heart of the Rowski; but his politer feelings overcame him.

    A Legend of the Rhine

  • The scratchy snickersnee swoosh produced by the swift separation of metal teeth was a sound more ominous to both men than any hiss or shriek or howl that might emanate from the unknown forest.

    Fierce Invalids Home from Hot Climates

  • You are about to say as much when, snickersnee, Diamond pushes the button and brings up another view of the gate, this time with a group of a dozen or more Westerners posing formally in front of it.

    Half Asleep in Frog Pajamas

  • I heard their racket ahead and couldn't make out who it might be, for our folk couldn't be so close, surely … then I tripped over a dead eunuch, and saw there were about a dozen of 'em, still figures sprawled on the sward towards the great gate; one poor fat sod was clutching a huge ornamental snickersnee of carved ivory, and another had a little lady's bow and golden arrows.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • I heard their racket ahead and couldn't make out who it might be, for our folk couldn't be so close, surely ... then I tripped over a dead eunuch, and saw there were about a dozen of 'em, still figures sprawled on the sward towards the great gate; one poor fat sod was clutching a huge ornamental snickersnee of carved ivory, and another had a little lady's bow and golden arrows.

    Flashman And The Dragon

  • The snickersnee swings towards the vitals of Hollywood.

    Nonsenseorship

  • There will be war -- red war, and we in the army of the iconoclasts growling impotently at each other will face about and have at them with hullaballo and manifesto and snickersnee in turn.

    Nonsenseorship

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