• To creep or go stealthily; to come or go while trying to avoid detection, as a person who does not wish to be seen.
  • To take something stealthily without permission.
  • To stealthily bring someone something.
  • To hide, especially in a mean or cowardly manner.
  • To inform an authority of another's misdemeanours.



  • Possibly from Middle English sniken, from Old English snīcan, from Proto-West Germanic *snīkan, from Proto-Germanic *snīkaną, which is related to the root of snake. Compare Danish snige, Swedish snika, Icelandic sníkja.

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