\ 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

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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

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In Season 1, a Greek chorus of nosy parents and snide school administrators guided our attentions. Doreen St. Félix, The New Yorker, "“Big Little Lies” Season 2, Reviewed: Meryl, Meryl, Meryl," 9 June 2019 The quick-witted feline serves as accomplice to protagonist Sabrina Spellman, offering her advice and snide remarks, no matter the circumstance. Tess Garcia, Teen Vogue, "Netflix's "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Almost Made Salem a Dog," 15 Sep. 2018 Moore still suffers from bouts of self-aggrandizement and snide generalization. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "In Fahrenheit 11/9, Michael Moore spares no one — especially self-satisfied liberals," 7 Sep. 2018 However, Salah was instead injured as the result of a cynical, snide and sneaky 'challenge' from Ramos., "The Bitterest Pill: Why Real Madrid's Victory in UCL Final Belies Liverpool's True Quality," 29 May 2018 Despite that peculiar humility, Kim Yong Chol has a reputation for being cantankerous and snide. Charlie Campbell / Beijing, Time, "Who Is Kim Yong Chol? Meet Kim Jong Un's Ever-Present Right-Hand Man," 28 May 2018 Dozens of high-profile Hollywood stars have taken to social media with snide jokes and analysis since Kennedy’s announcement. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Media, Hollywood in crisis mode over Justice Kennedy's retirement: 'Trump is disgusting and inhumane'," 28 June 2018 My apathetic-bystander self and my Mommy self can make snide jokes in the corner together. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "‘I’m Starting a New Life, But There’s So Much Pressure to Get It Right!’," 30 May 2018 Throughout the episode, Christina and Tarek took turns sneaking in snide remarks about each other's appearances. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "People Had a Lot to Say About Christina and Tarek El Moussa's Return to 'Flip or Flop'," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of snide

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for snide

origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of snide

: unkind or insulting in an indirect way


\ ˈsnīd How to pronounce snide (audio) \

Kids Definition of snide

: unkind or insulting in an indirect way snide remarks

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