snapper

noun snap·per \ ˈsna-pər \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of snapper

plural snappers
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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First Known Use of snapper

circa 1587


SNAPPER Defined for English Language Learners

snapper

noun

Definition of snapper for English Language Learners

  • : 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


SNAPPER Defined for Kids

snapper

noun snap·per \ ˈsna-pər \

Definition of snapper for Students

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


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