\ ˈsnīd How to pronounce snide (audio) \

Definition of snide

b : practicing deception : dishonest a snide merchant
2 : unworthy of esteem : low a snide trick
3 : slyly disparaging : insinuating snide remarks

Other Words from snide

snidely adverb
snideness noun

Examples of snide in a Sentence

a snide trick to get the old woman to sell her antiques for practically nothing some small-time crook who was selling snide gems to gullible tourists
Recent Examples on the Web The other flashes a look of opprobrium or makes a snide comment. Jacob Bernstein, New York Times, 29 Apr. 2020 All featured live music, snide political humor, satirical slide shows, at times crude sight gags and, most important of all, performers who would do anything for a laugh. Donna Freedman, Anchorage Daily News, 12 June 2019 Your partner is more cruel Critical comments, snide looks, sarcasm, and just generally being a jerk can also be signs of an emotional affair. Colleen Stinchcombe, Woman's Day, 13 Feb. 2020 Obviously, this means no eye rolling and no snide comments. NBC News, 4 Feb. 2020 Boyd Dennis and Bill Kaylor left California for some Idaho muley hunting and couldn’t help but overhear snide comments about Californians coming to town. Pj Delhomme, Outdoor Life, 1 Jan. 2020 Jagged‘s script is clever but not snide, quirky but not unrelatable. Melissa Rose Bernardo,, 6 Dec. 2019 Elevating the snide remarks made by some black people to the same level as racist systems and actions is a curious choice. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2019 This new MoMA is inoffensive, which sounds snide, but is not meant to. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, 21 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of snide

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snide

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Kids Definition of snide

: unkind or insulting in an indirect way snide remarks

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