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noun (snik-er-snee)

A knife, especially one used as a weapon.

Oh, never shall I / Forget the cry, / Or the shriek that shriekèd he, / As I gnashed my teeth, / When from its sheath / I drew my snickersnee!
W. S. Gilbert, The Mikado, 1885

Snickersnee is a variant of the earlier snick or snee, which in turn comes from the Dutch steken meaning “to stick” and snijden meaning “to cut.”

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