Word Of The Day 3-22-2017

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.


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