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snipe

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noun \ˈsnīp\

Simple Definition of snipe

  • : a bird with a long thin beak that lives in wet areas

Full Definition of snipe

plural snipes

  1. 1 or plural snipe :  any of various usually slender-billed birds of the sandpiper family; especially :  any of several game birds (especially genus Gallinago) especially of marshy areas

  2. 2 :  a contemptible person

Origin of snipe

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snīpa snipe; akin to Old High German snepfa snipe


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with snipe


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snipe

intransitive verb

Simple Definition of snipe

  • : to shoot at someone from a hidden place

  • : to criticize someone or something in a harsh or unfair way

Full Definition of snipe

snipedsnip·ing

  1. 1 :  to shoot at exposed individuals (as of an enemy's forces) from a usually concealed point of vantage

  2. 2 :  to aim a carping or snide attack

snip·er noun

Examples of snipe

  1. Enemy fighters sniped at them from vacant buildings.

  2. One of the senators sniped, What does he think this is, a monarchy?.



1832

First Known Use of snipe

1832


SNIPE Defined for Kids

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snipe

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noun \ˈsnīp\

Definition of snipe

plural snipes or snipe

  1. :  a bird that lives in marshes and has a long straight bill




2

snipe

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verb

Definition of snipe

snipedsnip·ing

  1. 1 :  to shoot from a hiding place (as at individual enemy soldiers)

  2. 2 :  to criticize someone in a harsh or unfair way

snip·er noun



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