snap·​per | \ ˈsna-pər How to pronounce snapper (audio) \
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

Examples of snapper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Allar even stepped in as the long snapper on a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter. Matt Goul, cleveland, 14 Nov. 2021 The Patriots long snapper and Naval Academy graduate is a Lieutenant in the United States Naval Reserve, and on Veterans Day Cardona addressed his teammates about the meaning of the day. Jim Mcbride,, 11 Nov. 2021 When the long snapper headed out with the punt team late in the third quarter, their comeback chances looked bleak. Jonas Shaffer,, 22 Sep. 2021 Matt Gay is the kicker, and Matthew Orzeck the new long snapper. Los Angeles Times, 12 Sep. 2021 With the incumbent long snapper about to graduate, Windermere Prep coach Jacob Doss set about finding a replacement. Kyle Wood,, 1 May 2021 The offensive lineman out of Oregon State, who signed a reserve/futures contract with Arizona in January, has filled in at right guard, center and against San Francisco, even took over at long snapper after Aaron Brewer suffered a broken arm. Bob Mcmanaman, The Arizona Republic, 10 Nov. 2021 Cole Kizziah has the leg up on Xander Echols at long snapper but the competition should continue into the season. Evan Dudley, al, 31 Aug. 2021 Kicker Tristan Vizcaino, punter Ty Long, long snapper Matt Overton. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2021

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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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25 Nov 2021

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“Snapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2021.

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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


snap·​per | \ ˈsna-pər How to pronounce snapper (audio) \

Kids Definition of snapper

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

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