v. snicked, snick·ing, snicks
1. To cut with short strokes; snip: snicked off a corner of the material.
2. To make a small cut in; nick.
3. To cause (something) to click: I snicked the door shut.
1. To snip: snicked with the shears.
2. To make a nick or nicks.
3. To click: The latch snicked open.
1. A cut made by snicking.
2. A clicking sound: "I heard a little snick and a flashlight came on" (Anthony Hyde).
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