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A knife resembling a sword.

[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).]


1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a knife for cutting or thrusting
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) a fight with knives
[C17 stick or snee, from Dutch steken to stick2 + snijen to cut]


(ˈsnɪk ərˌsni)

a knife, esp. one used as a weapon.
[1690–1700; alter. (by alliterative assimilation) of earlier stick or snee to thrust or cut < Dutch steken to stick2 + snij(d)en to cut]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snickersnee - fighting with knivessnickersnee - fighting with knives      
fighting, combat, fight, scrap - the act of fighting; any contest or struggle; "a fight broke out at the hockey game"; "there was fighting in the streets"; "the unhappy couple got into a terrible scrap"
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Make haste, make haste,' says guzzling Jimmy, While Jack pulled out his snickersnee.
This interpreter informed the prince, that the stranger was sent from his countrymen to treat about the enlargement of their territories, and that he was called, among them, MYNHEER VAN SNICKERSNEE (The Connoisseur, 1754: 1,165-6).