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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To laugh in a suppressed manner; snicker. Burns, Jolly Beggars.

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  • Wi' ghastly e'e poor tweedle-dee
    Upon his hunkers bended,
    An' pray'd for grace wi' ruefu' face,
    An' so the quarrel ended.
    But tho' his little heart did grieve
    When round the tinkler prest her,
    He feign'd to snirtle in his sleeve,
    When thus the caird address'd her...


    (The Jolly Beggars: A Cantata, by Robert Burns)

    August 5, 2008

  • It is a great word! I'm not sure it's obsolete, though. Might it be a dialect? :-)

    August 2, 2008

  • This word is so adorable.

    August 1, 2008

  • I do this in church! Glad there's a word for it.

    August 1, 2008

  • This is an obsolete word meaning to try to suppress one's laughter.

    August 1, 2008