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, 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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While working as an exhibitions manager at University College London, Susie Chan kept as many as eight pairs of sneakers under her desk, the result of her regular runs before work. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Midday Workouts Are Great. Smelly Sneakers Under Your Desk, Not So Much," 1 Feb. 2019 For me, that usually means a black slip dress, a sweater, and a comfortable pair of sneakers. Holly Rhue, Marie Claire, "Away Founder Jen Rubio Does Her Best Work 20,000-Feet Up in the Air," 5 Dec. 2018 Gomez, who is also a spokesperson for Puma, released a pair of sneakers with complementary socks for the sportswear label earlier this year. Ana Colon, Glamour, "Coach x Selena Gomez: First Look at the Collaboration," 8 Aug. 2018 People of all ages struck their most photogenic poses in a full-length mirror beneath a canopy of cement casts of Air Jordan sneakers. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Play it forward," 18 July 2018 Waithe walked the red carpet with her fiancée Alana Mayo wearing a custom print Alba jacket, black pants, a pair of sneakers, and a hoodie featuring an image of Shirley Chisholm that her stylist, Tiff Hasbourne, made for the occasion., "Lena Waithe Honored Shirley Chisholm At The MTV Movie Awards," 18 June 2018 The shoe drive commemorates the beginning of each episode when Fred Rogers would change out of his loafers and put on a pair of sneakers. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "Community news," 14 June 2018 Not only has the casual-dress trend fueled the rise of sneakers for all occasions, but more shoppers are avoiding products made with animal parts such as hides and furs. Lydia Mulvany And Lindsey Rupp,, "As leather shoes drop out of favor, cattle hides pile up," 12 June 2018 The squishing of sneakers was a reminder that cold is the most common state of this country (Fairbanks' year-round average temperature is a hair below freezing). Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "What it’s like to run circles for 24 hours around the land of no night," 9 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of sneaker

: a sports shoe with a rubber sole

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