\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce snake (audio) \

Definition of snake

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


snaked; snaking

Definition of snake (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from snake


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Watch the Water' ridiculously claims COVID-19 is snake venom. Brieanna J. Frank, USA TODAY, 15 May 2022 Heavy mosquito swarms and snake dens also were abundant in the bog. Karl Schneider, The Indianapolis Star, 10 May 2022 Similar to snake plants, spider plants prefer bright light but will happily live in low light. Brittney Morgan And Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, 29 Apr. 2022 Disrupts zone plays with clever snake moves attacking gaps; powerful, quick and accurate hands; flattens angles well on the pass rush; has efficient inside stab hand to recover for over-setting tackles. Dana Scott, The Arizona Republic, 27 Apr. 2022 Vases of colorful bougainvillea and snake plants dot the space. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 The Los Angeles County Fire Department confirmed with CBS Los Angeles that paramedics were sent to a home in Malibu on Saturday to respond to a report of a snake bike, and airlifted a person to a nearby medical facility. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 26 Apr. 2022 But according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ wildlife division, of the 46 snake species known in the state, six are actually venomous. Mandi Albright, ajc, 26 Apr. 2022 Bruce Ireland, 57, heads up the Snake Wranglers, an all-volunteer group of Coastal North County snake-lovers who are on call to remove these wayward reptiles from residential neighborhoods and release them unharmed miles away in undeveloped areas. Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But rural voters still can be put into districts that snake out from city centers. Zachary B. Wolf, CNN, 20 Nov. 2021 Long lines snake out of gas stations, and police said last month that two men in their 70s had died after waiting for hours in two different parts of the country. NBC News, 15 Apr. 2022 On a weekend afternoon, lines at this fast-casual restaurant regularly snake around the entrance, past the stairs, out the front door, and around the corner. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 29 Mar. 2022 The lockdown threatens to snarl other supply chains that snake through the coastal city, too. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 28 Mar. 2022 Today, weeds grow from the fissures that snake across the courts, and the softball field is riddled with holes. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Plastic pipes snake down 460 feet into the earth, drawing up enough warmth to heat a 7,700-square-foot building — even on the coldest days of winter. Nara Schoenberg,, 17 Mar. 2022 Rivers snake their way through what appears to be a sea of endless green. Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2022 The route, called the Coast Starlight, takes 35 hours in total to wind through Washington state, cross Oregon and snake down the California coastline. Jessie Yeung, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snake


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


1653, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for snake


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

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More Definitions for snake


\ 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


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.


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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

Snake geographical name

\ ˈsnāk How to pronounce Snake (audio) \

Definition of Snake

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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