from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. move, proceed
  • v. Abound, swarm, teem, be infested, with something.
  • n. Upward curving observed in the planks of a wooden ship or boat.
  • n. Alternative spelling of snye.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An upward bend in a piece of timber; the sheer of a vessel.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The line or curve given to planking put upon the curving surfaces at the bow or stern of a ship; the upward curving of the planking at the bow or stern. Sometimes called spiling.
  • In ship-building, to curve away sideways from the normal straight position: said of a plank or plate, as at the bows or stern, where it is necessary to force the strakes so as to get an even distribution of the planking or plating.


First attested in late Middle English; from the Middle English snyȝe ("creep"); liken Danish snige ("sneak"), Irish snighim Old Irish snaighim (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1674; its etymology is unknown. (Wiktionary)
First attested in 1711; its etymology is unknown; compare snying and the Danish sno ("to twine”, “to twist"). (Wiktionary)
First attested with this spelling in 1893; see snye. (Wiktionary)



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    April 29, 2012

  • I can't help but notice that virtually EVERY "example" of the word SNY is actually a misspelling of the word ANY. That is to say, there are NO proper examples of the word present on the page.

    April 27, 2012