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snipe

noun \ ˈsnīp \
|Updated on: 8 Jul 2018

Definition of snipe

plural snipes
1 or plural snipe : any of various usually slender-billed birds of the sandpiper family; especially : any of several game birds (especially genus Gallinago) especially of marshy areas
2 : a contemptible person

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Origin and Etymology of snipe

Middle English, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse snīpa snipe; akin to Old High German snepfa snipe


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snipe

verb

Definition of snipe

sniped; sniping
1 : to shoot at exposed individuals (as of an enemy's forces) from a usually concealed point of vantage
2 : to aim a carping or snide attack

sniper

noun

Examples of snipe in a Sentence

  1. Enemy fighters sniped at them from vacant buildings.

  2. One of the senators sniped, “What does he think this is, a monarchy?”.

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First Known Use of snipe

1832

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SNIPE Defined for English Language Learners

snipe

Definition of snipe for English Language Learners

  • : a bird with a long thin beak that lives in wet areas


snipe

Definition of snipe for English Language Learners

  • : to shoot at someone from a hidden place

  • : to criticize someone or something in a harsh or unfair way


SNIPE Defined for Kids

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snipe

noun \ ˈsnīp \

Definition of snipe for Students

plural snipes or snipe
: a bird that lives in marshes and has a long straight bill

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snipe

verb

Definition of snipe for Students

sniped; sniping
1 : to shoot from a hiding place (as at individual enemy soldiers)
2 : to criticize someone in a harsh or unfair way

sniper

noun


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