: practicing deception : dishonest
a snide merchant
: unworthy of esteem : low
a snide trick
: slyly disparaging : insinuating
snide remarks
snidely adverb
snideness noun

Examples of snide in a Sentence

a snide trick to get the couple to gamble on a bet they had no real chance of winning some small-time crook who was selling snide gems to gullible tourists
Recent Examples on the Web But the snide comments and questions were the least of what the girls endured. Marisa Kwiatkowski, USA TODAY, 14 May 2024 Even if high fashion isn't your thing, watching the snark and snide fly in this office is sure to tickle your funny bone. EW.com, 10 May 2024 The Porch sisters live with their uptight Aunt Desdemona, their materialistic Uncle Ansel and their seven snide cousins, all named Lavinia. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Every time somebody made a point, someone else would make a snide little comment back. Thomas Goodwin Smith, Baltimore Sun, 5 Feb. 2024 Arthur, a snide and boozy future duke, could not be a worse match for Gwendoline, the sarcastic wallflower best known as the Princess of England. Ew Staff, EW.com, 13 Sep. 2023 But where there’s a disconnect–and that’s where these snide comments originate. Paul Sullivan, Fortune, 6 Feb. 2024 Several pet owners told me that a bit more grace would be nice, too: fewer eye rolls or snide comments, fewer jokes about dying alone. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 16 Jan. 2024 The Smiths were never embraced by American tastemakers (reviewers resorted to snide put-downs), so the band developed a silent-majority coterie — a Make Music Great Again following. Armond White, National Review, 17 Nov. 2023

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Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of snide was circa 1859

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“Snide.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snide. Accessed 20 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: low entry 2 sense 9b, mean
a snide trick
: slyly uncomplimentary or insulting
snide remarks

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