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Snirtle – My Favorite Word to Date…

December 4, 2013

Snirtle – definition: to snicker mockingly

I absolutely love this word and will have to find lots of occasions to use it. I think everyone needs this word in their personal lexicon. It is both a noun and a verb. It is a soft, suppressed laugh, a soft snortle (itself a reduced snort) or shortened snigger. Therefore, a snort is greater than a snortle, which is greater than a snirtle.

Snirtle was used by Robbie Burns in 1785  The Jolly Beggars : A Cantata

Wi’ ghastly e’e poor tweedle-dee
Upon his hunkers bended,
An’ pray’d for grace wi’ ruefu’ face,
An’ so the quarrel ended.
But tho’ his little heart did grieve
When round the tinkler prest her,
He feign’d to snirtle in his sleeve,
When thus the caird address’d her

Do you have favorite words? What are they?

While investigating the word, I came across these cute pictures at Deviant Art by Tazworth (Shauna) – aren’t they awesome?

Which is your favorite?





  1. Snirtle, snirtle. Has a nice ring to it. 🙂


  2. Well, I’ve just discovered wallydraigle: “a weak, underdeveloped creature; a slovenly person; esp., a slovenly woman.” I think it’s pretty good. 🙂 But snirtle is a new one!


  3. Now what a cool word Mandy – I love it and I am going to try to use it in some writing but can not do it this evening as we all go to the hall to prepare for our WI Tea tomorrow evening. Why don’t you and Linda come? lol


  4. I love this word too, Mandy. Fun to say. I know I have some favorites, just can’t call them to mind at the moment. 🙂


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