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

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An elbow injury played a role in the Vikings’ decision earlier this month to release long snapper Kevin McDermott after four seasons. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings reached injury settlement with Kevin McDermott, including paying for elbow surgery," 23 Aug. 2019 The Vikings will release long snapper Kevin McDermott. Scooby Axson,, "NFL Training Camp Notebook: Dwayne Haskins Still In Battle For Redskins QB Job," 12 Aug. 2019 The retired long snapper picked up a lot in 16 seasons and 245 games, noting the tendencies, nuances and idiosyncrasies of kickers along the sideline — not just for the Bears, but opponents as well. Brad Biggs,, "Brad Biggs’ 10 thoughts on the Bears’ 16-14 win over the Broncos in Week 2," 16 Sep. 2019 Now, that is a good question from the standpoint of the holder, the punter, the kicker and the snapper. Scott Patsko,, "Freddie Kitchens discusses Odell Beckham Jr., Titans in his Wednesday press conference: Transcript," 4 Sep. 2019 Harden opted for the snapper, according to a representative for the restaurant. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "James Harden, Russell Westbrook head to La Griglia in River Oaks for charity luncheon," 23 Aug. 2019 Mike Windt, a former Elder High School and Cincinnati Bearcats standout who spent the past nine seasons as a long snapper for the Los Angeles Chargers, was released by the team on Tuesday. Dave Clark,, "Los Angeles Chargers release long snapper Mike Windt of Elder High School and UC Bearcats," 20 Aug. 2019 In that event, the long snapper from the Air Force Academy likely would spend Tuesdays, usually the day players are off, working at the Air Force recruiting office in Inver Grove Heights. Chris Tomasson, Twin Cities, "Vikings’ Austin Cutting working on off days at Air Force recruiting office," 4 Aug. 2019 Morgan Cox: Tucker and Koch get all the glory for their foot skills, but don’t forget the long snapper who’s entering his 10th season in Baltimore. Jonas Shaffer,, "Ravens 2019 training camp preview: Specialists," 23 July 2019

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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 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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