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

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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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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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Sneaker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce sneaker (audio)

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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