snake

noun
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes synonym Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs
2 : a worthless or treacherous fellow
3 : something (such as a plumber's snake) resembling a snake

snake

verb
snaked; snaking

Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to wind (one's way, one's body in crawling, etc.) in the manner of a snake
2 : to move (something, such as logs) by dragging

intransitive verb

: to crawl, move, or extend silently, secretly, or sinuously

Snake

geographical name
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce Snake (audio) \

Definition of Snake (Entry 3 of 3)

river 1038 miles (1670 kilometers) long in the northwestern U.S. flowing from northwestern Wyoming across southern Idaho and into the Columbia River in Washington

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Other Words from snake

Noun

snakelike \ ˈsnāk-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Snake (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for snake

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of snake in a Sentence

Noun I thought she was my friend, but she turned out to be a snake in the grass. snakes are cold-blooded, so they regulate their body temperature by alternately basking in sunlight and seeking shade Verb The road snakes through the mountains. Cables snaked across the floor. Technicians snaked cables through the set. He snaked his way through the crowd.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Carefully feed the end of the snake or auger into the drain hole and move it around until the water starts to go down. Angela Watson, chicagotribune.com, "How to fix a toilet that won’t flush," 29 Mar. 2021 If that weren't enough, the fantastical video for the new song sees the rapper making out with the snake in the Garden of Eden, lap-dancing the devil, pole-dancing, and so much more. Stephen Daw, Billboard, "First Out: New Music From Lil Nas X, Brockhampton, Kim Petras & More," 26 Mar. 2021 The snake belongs to my wife’s guitar teacher and my guitar student. David Browne, Rolling Stone, "Robert Fripp and Toyah Willcox on Their Viral Quarantine Videos: ‘We’re in This With You’," 24 Mar. 2021 Looks like the real snake was sitting right there at the table all along. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Week in ‘Wives: A RHONJ pool party, RHOD snake party, and RHOA wedding," 20 Mar. 2021 One day, the guards caught a king cobra that slithered dangerously close and cooked the snake for dinner. Saudamini Jain, CNN, "Indian sailors are being caught in a piracy boom off West Africa. One captain held hostage shares his story," 20 Mar. 2021 Burns is the head of the snake for Colgate, averaging 17 points per game. Scottie Bordelon, Arkansas Online, "LIVE UPDATES: Arkansas opens NCAA Tournament vs. Colgate," 19 Mar. 2021 And everyone hopes the toilet snake will have found its way to someone else’s apartment. Ivy Eisenberg, Curbed, "Wait Long Enough and Almost Anything (Bananas, Pelotons) Shows Up on Facebook’s Buy Nothing Groups," 2 Mar. 2021 American history is filled with carnival barkers and snake-oil marketers who put showmanship before truth. Amanda Chicago Lewis, Wired, "Sex Tapes, Hush Money, and Hollywood’s Economy of Secrets," 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Just snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams live video back to your phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get the crazy camera that lets your phone see anywhere for just $29," 26 Mar. 2021 Long lines snake out of the few gas stations that remain open. Tamara Qiblawi, CNN, "Specter of civil conflict in Lebanon looms as economic meltdown gives way to violence," 20 Mar. 2021 Just snake the semi-rigid tube into any tight space and the WF010 beams live video back to your phone. Maren Estrada, BGR, "Last chance to get a wireless camera that lets your smartphone see anywhere for $29," 5 Mar. 2021 Despite belonging to the cactus family Cactaceae, the moonflower's stem looks like large flat leaves and snake themselves around host plants, such as trees. Elizabeth Gamillo, Smithsonian Magazine, "Watch First Time-Lapse Footage of a Rare Moonflower Cactus Blossoming," 3 Mar. 2021 My landlord has come to snake the drains, but that lasts only for about a day or two, and then the water backs up into my sinks again. Kelly Klein, Star Tribune, "Landlord unresponsive to requests," 22 Jan. 2021 Despite the war, migration continues across the border through smuggler crossings that snake through the mountainous terrain between the two countries. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "‘We’re not alive, we’re not dead’: Thousands of migrants are trapped in war-torn Yemen," 1 Dec. 2020 The cars and trucks began to slowly snake through the stadium’s parking lot toward a series of white tents, where the food was loaded into trunks by volunteers. Washington Post, "“We both lost our jobs. ... We just started DoorDashing, like, four days ago.”," 25 Nov. 2020 Representative Dwight Evans organized car caravans to snake through neighborhoods in his district, which includes parts of North Philadelphia and West Philadelphia, honking at residents to remind them to vote. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Trump Put Down Philadelphia. The City Got Payback.," 9 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of snake

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1653, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for snake

Noun

Middle English, from Old English snaca; akin to Old Norse snakr snake, Old High German snahhan to crawl

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Time Traveler for snake

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The first known use of snake was before the 12th century

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2 Apr 2021

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“Snake.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snake. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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snake

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: an animal that has a long, thin body and no arms or legs
chiefly US, informal : a bad person who tells lies and betrays other people
: a long thin tool that is used to clear out blocked pipes

snake

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to move like a snake : to follow a twisting path with many turns

snake

noun
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Kids Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a limbless reptile that has a long body with scales and feeds usually on large insects or small animals and birds
2 : a person who is mean or can't be trusted

snake

verb
snaked; snaking

Kids Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 2)

: to crawl, wind, or move like a snake The parade snaked its way along Main Street.

snake

noun
\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Medical Definition of snake

: any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes synonym Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs

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