sneak·​er ˈsnē-kər How to pronounce sneaker (audio)
: one that sneaks
: a sports shoe with a pliable rubber sole
sneakered adjective

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sneaker was in 1598

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Cite this Entry

“Sneaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Feb. 2023.

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sneak·​er ˈsnē-kər How to pronounce sneaker (audio)
: one that sneaks
: a sports shoe (as of canvas) with a rubber sole

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