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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The beer complements the Gulf Coast cooking of chef Jeff Balfour, whose fried snapper throats could be called chicken of the sea. Mike Sutter, WSJ, "The Best Under-the-Radar Food Destination in the U.S.," 19 Oct. 2018 These were clothes for street style snappers—not shrinking violets. Vogue, "Designers Opt for Opulence Over Minimalism on the Second Day of Oslo Runway," 16 Aug. 2018 Every spot on an active roster is valuable, and yet every team reserves one solely for a long snapper. Jacob Feldman,, "Giants Cut Brandon Marshall, Sparking Dez Bryant Discussion," 20 Apr. 2018 Bu Qtair - Keralite Bu Qtair was just a sand-floor joint serving not much more than whole fried snapper and grouper. Paul Brady, Condé Nast Traveler, "Andrew Zimmern's Back-Alley Tour of Dubai Dining," 18 Oct. 2018 According to Deadline Hollywood, there will soon be a movie to detail Dorenbos' life, revealing the details of the former NFL long snapper, impressive magician and man who needed heart surgery last September. Josh Katzenstein,, "Former Saints, Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos to have movie made about life," 15 Feb. 2018 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

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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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