snipe

1 of 2

noun

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

snipe

2 of 2

verb

sniped; sniping

intransitive verb

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

Verb Enemy fighters sniped at them from vacant buildings. One of the senators sniped, “What does he think this is, a monarchy?”.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Scarlett Johansson is using her very real voice to virtual snipe at OpenAI CEO Sam Altman. Greg Evans, Deadline, 17 July 2024 But that tension is eliminated quickly, as Ashley, Gizelle, and Chris all make a point not to engage with each other outside of pointed snipes in their confessionals. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 4 Feb. 2024
Verb
Everybody else who isn't for your person starts sniping, starts undermining that person. Washington Post Live, Washington Post, 12 July 2024 Republicans and Democrats trade accusations on lack of legislative action Republicans and Democrats didn't miss the opportunity to snipe at each other within the committee. Laura Schulte, Journal Sentinel, 11 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for snipe 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snipe was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Snipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snipe. Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

snipe

1 of 2 noun
plural snipes or snipe
: any of several birds that have a long slender bill, live mostly in marshy areas, and are related to the sandpipers

snipe

2 of 2 verb
sniped; sniping
1
: to shoot at exposed individuals of an enemy's forces from a usually concealed point
2
: to attack with unfair or cutting remarks
sniper noun

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