I'm composing a message to a passive aggressive friend who is quite phoney - they constantly make nasty remarks with a fake laugh attached so as not to be blatantly obvious about their intentions. I would like some feedback on a good word used for that laugh. I could look in the thesaurus or urban dictionary but I prefer hearing other opinions.

I don't need advice on the relationship or test if the message just the word associated with the laugh.

  • Welcome, gabrielle. Doing research, such as looking in dictionaries and thesauruses, is a prerequisite for asking questions here on ELU; see What topics can I ask about here? in the Help Center for more information. Also, please note that single-word-requests require an example sentence showing how you want to use the requested word to enable answerers to make more relevant suggestions. – vpn Aug 9 '17 at 1:29
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    It is honest of you to admit you would rather have us do the research. – Yosef Baskin Aug 9 '17 at 1:57

Often such a laugh is called a snicker or a snigger.

to laugh in a covert or partly suppressed manner

A recent example from the news media:

The most common responses were to snicker about the lack of real photographic or video evidence and to tag a friend and jokingly ask what they were doing in the woods that night.

  • "North Carolina Man Claims Face-to-Face Encounter With Big Hair Biped." The Epoch Times, August 8, 2017
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