- (Received Pronunciation, US) enPR: snīdh, IPA(key): /snaɪð/
- (UK) enPR: snīdh, IPA(key): /snʌɪð/
- Rhymes: -aɪð
From Middle English snithen, from Old English snīþan (“to cut, make an incision, cut off, lance or amputate, cut up or to pieces, cut so as to kill, slay an animal, hew down, cut stone, hew, cut hair, cut corn, reap, mow”), from Proto-Germanic *snīþaną (“to cut”), from Proto-Indo-European *sneyt- (“to cut”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian sniede (“to cut”), West Frisian snije (“to cut”), Dutch snijden (“to cut, carve, intersect”), Low German snieden (“to cut”), German schneiden (“to cut, trim, slice”), Swedish snida (“to carve, engrave”), Icelandic sníða (“to trim, tailor”). Related to snide.
- (transitive, now chiefly dialectal, Northern England) To cut; to make an incision; to cut off; to lance or amputate; to cut up; to cut so as to kill; to slay an animal; to hew; to cut stone; to cut hair; to cut corn; to reap; to mow.
- Snithe a piece off with thy knife.
Variation of sny.
- Obsolete spelling of (abound, swarm, teem, be infested). [17th century]