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 Rocky play on coverage and return groups, as well as a poor performance by long snapper Austin Cutting, persisted against the Bears while returner Cordarrelle Patterson tied an NFL record against his former team. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings special teams have not-so-special game against Bears," 17 Nov. 2020 That makes someone like Jake Wellman, a freshman from Indianapolis, so much more important as the backup long-snapper. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football preparing for ‘watermelon kick’ and a range of other special teams oddities," 16 Oct. 2020 The Titans currently have 13 players on the reserve/COVID-19 list, including four starters and a long snapper. Teresa M. Walker,, "After a scare, all Jets test negative for COVID-19, and their game Sunday against the Cardinals is on as scheduled," 9 Oct. 2020 Only two other teams have protected a long snapper this season, and only the Miami Dolphins have protected theirs more than once. Jonas Shaffer,, "'You can screw a game up’: Why the Ravens are protecting a practice squad long snapper," 23 Sep. 2020 The dynamic is a little different at long snapper, where Muhlbach has a long resume of high-level play and Wirtel is coming straight from college. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions want Kenny Golladay to be like DeAndre Hopkins; other coordinator takeaways," 8 Aug. 2020 Falcons long snapper Josh Harris handled the snaps for four punts and two extra-point kicks. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Auburn NFL roundup: Slumping Patriots try both QBs," 26 Oct. 2020 But a kicker, punter, and long-snapper have their own unique skillsets that are just as hard to replace. Jon Blau, The Indianapolis Star, "IU football preparing for ‘watermelon kick’ and a range of other special teams oddities," 16 Oct. 2020 Special teams coordinator Matt Barnes said Bradley Robinson will open the season as the starting long snapper, over Roen McCullough. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football news: Starting long snapper named, clarity in the safety battle and more," 14 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of snapper

circa 1587, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Snapper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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 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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