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

Examples of sneaker in a Sentence

she's such a sneaker I wouldn't trust her any farther than I could throw her
Recent Examples on the Web Hiking boots offer ankle support on rougher terrain, while hiking shoes are usually lighter weight and fit more like a sneaker. Emma Seymour, Good Housekeeping, "13 Best Hiking Boots for Women, According to Footwear Pros," 7 Oct. 2020 The fact that the shoes are made out of a sneaker-like fabric instead of a stiff leather helps with immediate comfort, too. Caroline Morse Teel, Condé Nast Traveler, "Merrell's Sneaker-Hiking Boot Hybrid is the Most Comfortable Shoe I've Worn on the Trails," 5 Oct. 2020 Family man Devin falls back into his sneaker obsession after his pal Bobby talks him into a scheme to obtain a mythical pair of sneakers. Washington Post, "What to watch on Friday: ‘The Great British Baking Show’ on Netflix," 24 Sep. 2020 The fourth edition of J.J. Watt's signature Reebok sneaker, which was released Wednesday, pays respect to one of his childhood heroes, and fellow Reebok athlete, Allen Iverson. Matt Young, Houston Chronicle, "Texans' J.J. Watt unveils new sneaker in tribute to Allen Iverson," 23 Sep. 2020 His sneaker collabs with Nike generate a lot of buzz and sell out quickly. cleveland, "McDonald’s debuts the Travis Scott Meal, while rap star unveils Golden Arches merch," 10 Sep. 2020 In honor of healthcare workers, the sneaker brand chose six Boston nurses as the faces of their campaign for the Reebok x Wonder Woman 1984 capsule collection. Whitney Perry, Glamour, "Reebok Made COVID-19 Frontline Nurses the Faces of Their Wonder Woman Capsule Collection," 30 Sep. 2020 The limited-issue pairs now trade for thousands of dollars on sneaker resale sites. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "From Crocs to Nike Dunks, The Grateful Dead Are Taking Over the Shoe Market," 29 Sep. 2020 Rock the Vote partnered with Converse, which the rapper frequently collaborates with on sneaker collections. Heran Mamo, Billboard, "Tyler, The Creator Will Be Voting for the First Time This Election & He Wants You to 'Pull Up' Too," 28 Sep. 2020

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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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17 Oct 2020

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“Sneaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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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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