snipe

noun
\ˈsnīp \
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

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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

Evgeny Kuznetsov cut the Bolts’ lead in half late in the third on a dazzling snipe from a bad angle. Kristen Nelson, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs: Lightning Get Much-Needed Win Over Capitals in Game 3," 15 May 2018 Jakub Vrana started it all with a breakaway snipe over Marc-Andre Fleury’s glove. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Capitals Rally Past Golden Knights in Game 5 to Win Stanley Cup," 7 June 2018 The sun dips toward the mountains in the north, and down from the sky floats that familiar wavering sound of kuukukiaq (common snipe) high in the air, newly arrived and hurrying to claim territories. Seth Kantner, Anchorage Daily News, "We’re failing in our relationship with nature – and with each other," 9 June 2018 James Neal opened the scoring for Vegas with a snipe over Braden Holtby’s left shoulder. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Final: Capitals, Holtby Hang on in Game 2 to Even Series," 30 May 2018 But Williams’ goal in the third quarter opened the floodgates, as Marr tied the game with a snipe into the top corner of the net. Jacob Shames, baltimoresun.com, "Johns Hopkins rallies past Maryland, 13-10, for Big Ten men's lacrosse championship," 6 May 2018 More: Facebook's plan to take on Tinder elicits a snipe about Russia from Match.com parent Details on how to clear your history Facebook makes money by selling your data to target to advertisers. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "What we didn't hear from Facebook at f8," 2 May 2018 Chi Chi Price opened up the scoring with a heavy cross-body snipe from 15 yards out, off a roll dodge, then Bowen quickly made it 2-0 with a steal in transition and a dish to Zack Swanson. Brendan Hall, BostonGlobe.com, "BC High hangs on to beat Medfield in boys’ lacrosse," 15 Apr. 2018 Those left behind snipe at each other, lie, cheat, get fall-down drunk, end relationships and muddle their way through in the messiest way possible to some promised other side. Barbara Vandenburgh, azcentral, "Grief rips through family in ‘Love After Love’ with Andie MacDowell, Chris O'Dowd," 19 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The best time to snipe flight deals today is from 6:30AM ET to 9:30AM ET, according to Hopper. Shannon Liao, The Verge, "Today is ‘Travel Deal Tuesday,’ apparently, and it’s a good day to save on flights," 27 Nov. 2018 Wild Bill’ raced up the ice to snipe the game-winner over San Jose Sharks’ goalie Martin Jones at 8:17 of overtime, giving the Knights a 2-1 series lead. Michael Blinn, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Lightning Rebound to Even Series; Karlsson Lifts Golden Knights in OT," 30 Apr. 2018 Trump and Comey continue to snipe at each other publicly. Sari Horwitz, chicagotribune.com, "Comey calls House Intelligence Committee's Russia investigation 'a wreck'," 29 Apr. 2018 Trump and Comey continue to snipe at each other publicly. Sari Horwitz, Washington Post, "Comey calls House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation ‘a wreck’," 29 Apr. 2018 Jumping out to a breakaway in the second period, Calvert initially tried to snipe one past Braden Holtby but completely fanned on the shot. Tyler Horka, SI.com, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Toronto Stops Late Surge From Boston to Force Game 6," 21 Apr. 2018 One very quick stash, for example, simply required me to snipe a keypad through a window across a lake. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Far Cry 5 review: Five steps back," 27 Mar. 2018 These final standoffs go from tense standoffs to Loony Tunes-esque comedy, as players magically construct brick walls to confound their opponents and towers to snipe from. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Fortnite Is the Unstoppable Free Game You Should Be Playing Right Now," 10 Mar. 2018 Critics snipe that the Camino Real Polanco México has degenerated over the decades into a soulless convention and business-travel factory. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "A Food-and-Art Bender in Mexico City," 20 Dec. 2017

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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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sniggler

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snipe

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snipe

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

snipe

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snipe (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shoot at someone from a hidden place

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

snipe

noun
\ˈsnīp \
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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