snake·​bit | \ ˈsnāk-ˌbit How to pronounce snakebit (audio) \
variants: or snakebitten \ ˈsnāk-​ˌbi-​tᵊn How to pronounce snakebit (audio) \

Definition of snakebit

: having or experiencing failure or bad luck : unlucky

Examples of snakebit in a Sentence

The team was snakebit this year, winning only 1 game out of 10. He's so snakebit that nothing he does comes out right.
Recent Examples on the Web The perpetually snakebit Jayhawks, who have a lengthy history of N.C.A.A. disappointments — including two years ago when they were ranked No. 1 in the country before the pandemic wiped out the tournament — put those regrets behind them. New York Times, 5 Apr. 2022 Dollar Man is one of the most snakebit films in Hollywood history. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 4 Dec. 2019 Zeppelin moved into a two-story structure with a short, snakebit history as a dining destination. Washington Post, 1 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of snakebit

1957, in the meaning defined above

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17 Apr 2022

Cite this Entry

“Snakebit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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