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

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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Wearing the right sneakers on a long run will mean way more comfort, which could translate to better endurance and a more enjoyable workout. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "10 Things to Do Before and After a Workout to Get Better Results," 3 Jan. 2019 The Duchess has been photographed wearing the sneakers on a number of occasions. Maggie Maloney, Town & Country, "Kate Middleton's Favorite Sneakers Are On Sale During Amazon Prime Day," 16 July 2018 The man was wearing a blue Patriots hat and shirt, black sneakers with a white stripe, and glasses. Debora Almeida,, "Shrewsbury police searching for suspect in bank robbery," 9 July 2018 While all of this was happening, the actor noticed that there was a white man basically dressed the same as him who also had on flip flops (Jarell was wearing sneakers). Breanna Edwards, The Root, "Black Actor Says He Was Kicked Out of Restaurant Because of Hoodie, White Customer in Similar Dress Was Allowed to Stay," 27 June 2018 Another was seen wearing red sneakers that are believed to be Jordan basketball shoes. Brooke A. Lewis, Houston Chronicle, "Assailants sought in violent Fort Bend home invasion in which boy, 7, placed in hot bath water," 26 June 2018 Did Native Americans wear the world’s first sneakers? Susannah Gardiner, Smithsonian, "How Native Civilizations Innovated to Conquer the Wilderness," 2 June 2018 After all, those consumers watched star players wear Adidas sneakers and later endorse Adidas products. Michael Mccann,, "Could Skechers’s Lawsuit vs. Adidas Impact Collegiate Footwear Sponsorships Going Forward?," 11 May 2018 Wear sturdy sneakers or hiking boots and bring water. Courant Community, "Community News For The Manchester Edition," 17 Apr. 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

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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