: 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
Examples of SNIPE
Enemy fighters sniped at them from vacant buildings.
One of the senators sniped, “What does he think this is, a monarchy?”.
First Known Use of SNIPE
Common snipe (Gallinago gallinago).—Ingmar Holmasen
Any of about 20 species of birds (family Scolopacidae) that frequent wet meadows and marshes in temperate and warm regions worldwide. They are short-legged and chunky, with brown, black, and white stripes and bars. The wings are pointed and angular. The long, flexible bill is used to probe mud for worms. The common snipe (Gallinago gallinago) is about 12 in. (30 cm) long, including the bill.