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

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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.
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First Known Use of snakebit

1957, in the meaning defined above

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“Snakebit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snakebit

US slang : having bad luck : very unlucky

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