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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Over the last five years, some dozen South Florida restaurants began serving lionfish on their menus because the delicate, flaky fish, often compared to hogfish and snapper, is a taste treat. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "Wanted dead, not alive: the lionfish. You can make $5,000 if you get rid of them," 20 June 2018 With all the trimmings from the seafood moving through Rebelle’s kitchen — sole, snapper, octopus and trout — Rebelle made a bowl of cream-forward seafood chowder that delivered big value, adventure and bacon for just $12. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Reborn Rebelle now San Antonio’s finest seafood restaurant," 14 June 2018 Ike Powell, long snapper, Auburn: Should be in an NFL training camp. Mark Inabinett,, "State football stars awaiting NFL Draft, pro destinations," 25 Apr. 2018 The honor of lowest rating on the Colts goes to long snapper Luke Rhodes with a 36. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Colts get boost in 'Madden NFL 19' player ratings," 13 July 2018 Athlete Jaylin Jackson, long snapper Marco Ortiz and linebacker Umstead Sanders have also joined the team as preferred walk-ons. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "The Gators' entire signing class is now on campus. Here are the numbers they will wear," 3 July 2018 Only one other football player, LSU long snapper Blake Ferguson, is part of the meetings. Aaron Reiss, kansascity, "Some SEC football coaches aren't happy about potential grad transfer rule change," 29 May 2018 Michigan's worked a number of holders through spring practice — punters Brad Robbins and Will Hart, snapper Andrew Robinson and running back Joe Hewlett — though no one has settled into the spot just yet. Nick Baumgardner, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Quinn Nordin working way back from the wild side," 10 May 2018 Last Saturday, while watching the draft from the home of UT long snapper Jak Holbrook, Dickson received a phone call that eclipsed every moment that came before. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Tale of Texas punter gets taller, again," 3 May 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


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Kids Definition of snapper

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

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one that holds something together

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