Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,
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(Late) Friday word: snickersnee

#6: Snickersnee                                                           

Definition:

1 archaic : to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives 2 : a large knife

Example:

"Oh, never shall I / Forget the cry, / Or the shriek that shrieked he, / As I gnashed my teeth, / When from its sheath / I drew my snickersnee!" — The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert

About the Word:

Snickersnee comes from the Dutch phrase steken of snijden, "to thrust or cut." Over time, snick and snee, snick-or-snee, and snickersnee followed.

Source: another one from Merriam-Webster's Top Ten List: Funny-sounding and interesting words.

Read more at http://www.merriam-webster.com/top-ten-lists/top-10-funny-sounding-and-interesting-words/snickersnee.html#Bye7110uqiEeyqKq.99
Tags: archaic, dutch, noun, s, wordsmith: med_cat
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