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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
Recent Examples on the Web Obviously, this means no eye rolling and no snide comments. NBC News, "3 ways to become a better team player at work," 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, "The Top 40 Typical and Nontypical Mule Deer of All Time," 1 Jan. 2020 Jagged‘s script is clever but not snide, quirky but not unrelatable. Melissa Rose Bernardo,, "Jagged Little Pill arrives on Broadway as a musical with angst to spare: Review," 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, "A Simplistic View of a Mixed-ish America," 26 Oct. 2019 This new MoMA is inoffensive, which sounds snide, but is not meant to. Rumaan Alam, The New Republic, "The New MoMA Is More of a Good Thing," 21 Oct. 2019 Your words, if not chosen carefully, could have a strange impact on others, setting off a series of snide remarks., "Most read on," 21 Sep. 2019 This Blog is here for a purpose—to fight pedophilia and znus [lechery], not for snide remarks, filthy comments or threats. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 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

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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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“Snide.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snide

: unkind or insulting in an indirect way


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Kids Definition of snide

: unkind or insulting in an indirect way snide remarks

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