sneak·er | \ ˈsnē-kər \

Definition of sneaker 

1 : one that sneaks

2 : a sports shoe with a pliable rubber sole

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Other words from sneaker

sneakered \ˈsnē-kərd \ adjective

Synonyms for sneaker


lurker, skulk, skulker, sneak

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Examples of sneaker in a Sentence

she's such a sneaker I wouldn't trust her any farther than I could throw her

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On top, a checkered blazer over a cardigan and a white dress shirt open to the fourth button; below, salmon pants and bright white sneakers. Joseph Bien-kahn, WIRED, "Radical As Ever, Boots Riley Takes On the Tech Boom," 4 July 2018 Morning: Customs processing facility in Tucson Trump arrived in Arizona about 10 a.m., wearing those sunglasses, a black shirt with three-quarter-length sleeves, flowy white pants and white sneakers. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, azcentral, "First lady offers a glimpse of herself as she gets firsthand look at migrant children," 28 June 2018 But all four girls wear the same outfit: black jeans, a blue denim jacket, a graphic t-shirt, white sneakers and safety glasses. Jillian Ruffo, ajc, "This is Barbie's newest 'Career of the Year'," 26 June 2018 The runway is reserved for bright colors, and pinstripes, and camel coats and white sneakers. Sam Schube, GQ, "Ami Makes the Case for Between-Season Shopping," 15 June 2018 On Sunday night, Green answered with a teal-and-black version — but James remained ahead of the game, adding red and white striped socks with bright white sneakers. Bruce Jenkins, San Francisco Chronicle, "Warriors’ Game 2 a vintage night at Oracle," 3 June 2018 The toddler wore an orange polka dot sundress, denim jacket, and white sneakers for her day out with mom and dad. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chrissy Teigen and John Legend's Stylish Family Outing With Luna Is Too Cute To Handle," 1 June 2018 Middleton wore another flowing dress and a pair of white sneakers. Erika Harwood, Vanities, "Pippa Middleton Returns to Post-Royal Wedding Life at the French Open," 29 May 2018 Dressed in jeans, a black short-sleeve shirt, and white sneakers, DeLuca offered jurors an insight into a mob power struggle. Shelley Murphy,, "Mobster: Mafia boss said ‘make sure you’ve got a hole dug’ before killing nightclub owner," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of sneaker

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of sneaker

: a shoe with a rubber sole that is designed for people to wear while running, playing sports, etc.


sneak·er | \ ˈsnē-kər \

Kids Definition of sneaker

: a sports shoe with a rubber sole

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