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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He was last seen wearing a tan hat, a white hooded sweatshirt with red and blue stripes on the sleeves, grey sweatpants, and red sneakers. Kelly Brennan,, "Police, SEPTA investigating sexual assault at City Hall station," 4 July 2018 Wearing a light blue shirt, dark blue pants and blue Nike sneakers with a yellow logo, the prince scored two out of three penalty kicks against a 13-year-old goalkeeper. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Prince William visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial," 26 June 2018 The company makes sandals and sneakers that are designed to function in and around water and often sport patterns drawn from the landscape, many created by island artists. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "How OluKai Makes Its Hand-Dyed Indigo Kicks," 30 May 2018 Taurasi sat barefoot at her locker late Friday, the sneakers and tape removed, charismatic as always but conflicted. Mike Anthony,, "Mike Anthony: Diana Taurasi Still Putting On Shows In Connecticut," 14 July 2018 In May, Irving took to Instagram to unveil his pair of the special sneakers. Lillian Brown,, "Kyrie Irving-Uncle Drew Wheaties boxes in high demand," 14 July 2018 Mollusk summer shirt short-sleeve button-down, $95, Mollusk vacation shorts, $68; Jungmaven hemp stripe T-shirt, $76; the Hillside duck canvas sneakers, $19; Westperro desert sun hat, $95., "25 ways to chase your perfect Bay Area summer," 11 July 2018 But there is enough material on the cult of the sneaker to satisfy most curious outsiders. Ash Carter, New York Times, "How Sneakers Intersect With Recent American History," 5 July 2018 Other pieces to consider include mules, both round-toe and open-toe, as well as loafers and the elevated sneaker. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Vogue Staffers Pick the Most Chic and Comfortable Shoes to Wear to Work This Summer," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of sneaker

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of sneaker

: a sports shoe with a rubber sole

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