from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

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

  • 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.
  • 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.


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