sneak·​er | \ ˈsnē-kər How to pronounce sneaker (audio) \

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 How to pronounce sneakered (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for sneaker


lurker, skulk, skulker, slyboots, 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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The sneakers retail for $200, but Xhibition will throw in a pair of orange shoelaces and special gift with each purchase. Joey Morona,, "Odell Beckham Jr.’s new Nike Air Max 720 sneakers to get early release at Xhibition in Ohio City," 6 Sep. 2019 The sneaker was the introduction to LeBron’s empire. Jarrel Harris,, "Ranking Signature Sneaker Debuts From Current NBA Stars," 2 Sep. 2019 At Hasan’s trial, Lee testified that a substance found on the bottom of the sneaker was blood. Dave Altimari,, "State will fight man’s attempt to vacate Darien murder conviction based on faulty forensics by Henry Lee," 26 Aug. 2019 The low top sneaker is such a classic silhouette that neatly co-aligns with Selena’s laid-back, classic, style. Tatum Dooley, Teen Vogue, "Selena Gomez Stars in the New Puma Campaign for the Brand’s Latest Cali Remix Drop," 5 Aug. 2019 The sneaker will be available starting Friday in both men’s and women’s sizes at Concepts’ stores in Boston and New York, as well as online at Mikayla Grossman,, "Jennifer Lopez's Iconic Versace Dress Is Redesigned as a Sneaker in Honor of Her 50th Birthday," 19 July 2019 The sneaker is availabble in both men’s and women’s sizes at Concepts’ Boston and New York stores and online at Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez's 2000 Grammys Dress Redesigned as a Sneaker for Her Birthday," 19 July 2019 One other quick take: sneakers are still the new stilettos. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Fashion Rewind: Why We’re Taking Stock of the 2010s and Where We’re Headed Next," 18 July 2019 After over 600 reviews, the sneakers boast four out of five stars. Simona Matovic, oregonlive, "Where to buy the best women’s commuter shoes | The 5 most comfortable and stylish options," 18 July 2019

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First Known Use of sneaker

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of sneaker was in 1598

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English Language Learners Definition of sneaker

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


sneak·​er | \ ˈsnē-kər How to pronounce sneaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of sneaker

: a sports shoe with a rubber sole

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