noun \ˈsnīp\

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

plural snipes

Full Definition of SNIPE

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
:  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


intransitive verb

: to shoot at someone from a hidden place

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


Full Definition of SNIPE

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

First Known Use of SNIPE



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