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 Recent highlights included seared snapper with grits, Brussels sprouts, and balsamic brown butter, as well as seared black grouper with tomato gravy and seasonal veggies, served on a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes. Carla Jean Whitley, al, "This new eatery brings Caribbean food and flair to Avondale," 11 Nov. 2019 Success, however, isn’t guaranteed in a city where people can buy a hot plate of chicken and rice on the street for less than $3 — or ask a fisherman on the beach to catch them a snapper and grill it on the spot. Danielle Paquette, Washington Post, "Forget Popeye’s vs. Chick-fil-A. KFC and Africa Fried Chicken are pecking it out.," 8 Nov. 2019 There’s good snapper from the Gulf, pan-fried with gumbo sauce over rice. Mike Sutter,, "Review: Southerleigh Fine Food & Brewery at the Pearl keeps its 3-star sense of direction," 24 Oct. 2019 Joshua Skule played long snapper for the Naval Academy in the 1980s. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "What we learned Wednesday at 49ers: Skule not tapping dad’s FBI resources," 18 Sep. 2019 The Spartans lost senior long snapper Ryan Armour to a season-ending left leg injury and will be without defensive end Zach Slade for the year. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football speedster Jalen Nailor out with lower-leg injury," 7 Sep. 2019 That’s where Gregory finds his favorite bonito, while Austin enjoys fishing snapper with squid as bait. Michael Dumas,, "Fishing rodeo features big fish, crowds and smooth seas," 20 July 2019 At long snapper, Colin Holba returns before that role returns to Kyle Nelson, who was re-signed this offseason but has six games remaining on a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "49ers reach deadline deal with kicker Robbie Gould," 15 July 2019 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

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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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