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 sneaker (audio) \ adjective

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Sam hung at Vera's side kicking the rubber toe of his canvas sneaker against the asphalt., 29 Sep. 2021 As Slate notes, Jerry Seinfeld’s iconic sneaker collection was also sacrificed in many episodes due to the cropping, which often just removes the lower portion of the screen. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 2 Oct. 2021 The sneaker giant reported a 16% rise in quarterly revenue but said production problems in Asia and trans-Pacific shipping delays are constraining sales. James Willhite, WSJ, 24 Sep. 2021 The reasons for those deaths are varied: some are taken by sneaker waves at the coast; others get into fast-moving, cold water and don’t know what to do. oregonlive, 27 Aug. 2021 And sneaker waves are simply big waves that suddenly swamp a beach and often take people by surprise, sweeping them into the water. Allison Chinchar, CNN, 18 July 2021 His tenure with the sneaker giant included work with Hall of Famers Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan., 25 June 2021 Xavier ended up selling off most of his sneaker collection to help pay the electricity, water and cellphone bills and to build up his savings. New York Times, 29 May 2021 Shawn answers some rapid-fire questions about UConn basketball and his sneaker collection (35:50), while Alexa shouts out the pod’s first-ever Husky of the Week award recipient (54:40). Alexa Philippou,, 25 Feb. 2021

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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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18 Oct 2021

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“Sneaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce sneaker (audio) \

Kids Definition of sneaker

: a sports shoe with a rubber sole

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