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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SNEETER, v., n. Also snyter (Gregor).

I. v. 1. To giggle, to snigger (Cai., Bnff. 1920; Ork., Cai., Per., Dmb., Ayr. 1971).Per.4 1950:
Lauch oot, and stop yer sneeterin and snicherin.

2. To snooze or doze uncomfortably (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 173–4, Bnff. 1971).

3. To weep or blubber (Gregor; Cai., Bnff. 1904 E.D.D.; Cai. 1971).

II. n. ¶1. Nasal mucus.Sc. c.1843 Kempy Kay in Child Ballads (1898) V. 213:
An the sneeters and snotters that hang frae her nose Wad a gart a frozen mill gang.

2. A snooze, a doze, a short broken nap.Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 173:
A jist hid time t'get a sneeter o' a sleep, sittin' on a chair.

[Two different words may have fused here, a long vowel variant of Snitter, v., q.v., and a freq. form based on Snite, n., and Snotter.]

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