snap·​per | \ˈsna-pər \
plural snappers

Definition of snapper 

1 : one that snaps: such as

a : something (such as a remark) that gives new orientation to a situation or utterance

2 plural also snapper

a : any of numerous active carnivorous fishes (family Lutjanidae) of warm seas important as food and often as sport fishes

b : any of several immature fishes (such as the young of the bluefish) that resemble a snapper

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Main competition: Carew and 2017 starter Tyler Ott are the only two snappers on the roster. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Ranking the Seahawks’ roster from 1-90: Who are the players at the bottom of the depth chart as training camp begins?," 17 July 2018 Try live shrimp near the jetties for mangrove snapper, black drum, redfish and a snook or two. Mark Blythe,, "Central Florida fishing forecast: July 14," 13 July 2018 The rumors are true, my fellow bend-and-snappers: Legally Blonde 3 is happening. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Reese Witherspoon Just Confirmed That Legally Blonde 3 Is Happening," 7 June 2018 The Bengals' Clark Harris was the AFC's long snapper in the Pro Bowl. Dave Clark,, "Elder's Jake McQuaide gets three-year deal from Rams," 9 Mar. 2018 Over the last five years, some dozen South Florida restaurants began serving lionfish on their menus because the delicate, flaky fish, often compared to hogfish and snapper, is a taste treat. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them," 20 June 2018 With all the trimmings from the seafood moving through Rebelle’s kitchen — sole, snapper, octopus and trout — Rebelle made a bowl of cream-forward seafood chowder that delivered big value, adventure and bacon for just $12. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018 Ike Powell, long snapper, Auburn: Should be in an NFL training camp. Mark Inabinett,, "State football stars awaiting NFL Draft, pro destinations," 25 Apr. 2018 The honor of lowest rating on the Colts goes to long snapper Luke Rhodes with a 36. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Colts get boost in 'Madden NFL 19' player ratings," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of snapper

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snapper was circa 1587

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English Language Learners Definition of snapper

: a type of fish that lives in the ocean and that is eaten as food

American football : the player who passes the ball to another player at the start of a play


snap·​per | \ˈsna-pər \

Kids Definition of snapper

2 : an active fish of warm seas that is caught for sport and food

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