snipe

noun
\ ˈsnīp How to pronounce snipe (audio) \
plural snipes

Definition of snipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

verb
sniped; sniping

Definition of snipe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from snipe

Verb

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 Birds at Bell’s Neck Conservation Area in Harwich included 40 green-winged teal, 2 Wilson’s snipe, 2 lesser yellowlegs, 16 greater yellowlegs, 4 bald eagles, and 5 osprey. BostonGlobe.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Notre Dame 2, North Dakota 1: Just 98 seconds — in game time, at least — after the Irish had their winning goal in the final second waved off in Albany, Graham Slaggert sent the No. 2-seeded Fighting Hawks home with a snipe from the right circle. Ryan Ford, Detroit Free Press, 25 Mar. 2022 Chychrun persisted in the next play and followed up with another long-range snipe to tie the game at 10:16. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 28 Feb. 2022 In the meantime, President Joe Biden and Manchin’s D-party teammates are always inviting him to go snipe hunting on the weekends. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al, 21 Dec. 2021 Some know the marsh along Turnagain Arm used to scream with the calls of pipers, snipe, ducks and geese. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, 26 Aug. 2021 Required to hunt any migratory game bird (waterfowl, coot, rail, gallinule, snipe, dove, sandhill crane and woodcock) in combination with a Federal Duck Stamp and HIP Certification for waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older. Matt Williams, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2021 With a power play snipe just 29 seconds into the third period Friday, on his 25th shot of the series, Pastrnak found the back of the net. BostonGlobe.com, 22 May 2021 Hugo gave the snipe a final charge, and the bird sprang into the air. Anchorage Daily News, 31 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Porter is up for election in 2022 in a race that Republicans would love to snipe back. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 12 May 2022 Boosters continue the immune system’s education on the coronavirus, upping the quantity of defensive fighters available, while expanding the breadth of variants that vaccinated bodies can snipe at. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 12 Apr. 2022 Economists would snipe at one another from their various silos and crank out research to back up their schools. Dominic Pino, National Review, 17 Feb. 2022 Trump hasn't endorsed here, so the candidates will continue to snipe about who's most loyal to him and his ideas about election fraud. Simone Pathe, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 One thing is certain, however: The first player to snipe a pilot out of the cockpit will absolutely be immortalized on Reddit. Washington Post, 3 Dec. 2021 Tony and Frances are two peas in a pain pod, and Canavale and McCarthy are a joy to watch as their characters snipe and spar their way toward recovery. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 One Republican senator took the opportunity after the break to snipe at Gov. Jim Justice’s new sweepstakes for getting more residents vaccinated against COVID-19 and his reluctance to lift a statewide mask mandate sooner. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Krugman would snipe at Summers for departing too much from the optimum result to compromise with power, and Summers at Krugman for being a naïf. Benjamin Wallace-wells, The New Yorker, 18 Mar. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of snipe

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snipe

Noun

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

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“Snipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snipe. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for snipe

snipe

noun
\ ˈsnīp How to pronounce snipe (audio) \
plural snipes or snipe

Kids Definition of snipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a bird that lives in marshes and has a long straight bill

snipe

verb
sniped; sniping

Kids Definition of snipe (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from snipe

sniper noun

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