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

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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 The two alpha dudes snipe at each other and even have a staring contest. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier Recap: Secret War," 26 Mar. 2021 The snipe is so fast that some fish might never notice they’ve been hit. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "Cone Snails Are Liars and Murderers," 12 Mar. 2021 The Gophers pressed in the third, and Ranta made it 3-2 at 12:00 with a snipe into the upper-left corner. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers hockey falls 5-2 to Michigan and out of first place," 5 Mar. 2021 Reedy stretched the lead to 2-0 at 14:02 with a snipe into the upper right corner after taking a pass from Sampo Ranta and finishing a 2-on-1 rush with Walker for his eighth goal of the season. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, "Gophers hockey wins 5-1 to complete weekened sweep over Michigan State," 20 Feb. 2021 And don't ever, ever get into a snipe-fest with friends and family members on social media or email or via text messages. Karen Martin, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | KAREN MARTIN: Toward a more perfect union," 29 Nov. 2020 In suburban neighborhoods, political yard signs pit neighbor against neighbor, while on social media, acquaintances snipe at each other about the news of the day. Michael Hamad, courant.com, "As we approach the election after a relentless year, 2020 feels like it will never end," 30 Sep. 2020 Douglas' snipe came after Bowers fielded a question about her opposition to last year’s bill to cap a local government’s property tax revenue increase at 3.5%. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Policing, criminal justice issues at forefront in Dallas County race for Texas House," 22 Sep. 2020 The dove gun also works for snipe and rails with light loads of steel. Phil Bourjaily, Field & Stream, "The 5 Shotguns You Need for North American Wingshooting and Bird Hunting," 6 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Larry Summers Versus the Stimulus," 18 Mar. 2021 Trump is sure to snipe at Biden (on Twitter or elsewhere). Varad Mehta, Washington Examiner, "Leader of the opposition," 17 Dec. 2020 Settling down to snipe the early risers that suddenly appear, like fuzzy little ghosts, in tree crotches. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "What Would You Do with the Last Box of .22 Ammunition?," 27 Nov. 2020 Lawmakers have also continued to snipe over mask usage and are routinely seen ignoring social distancing guidelines. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "6 lawmakers in 5 days: New COVID-19 infections put spotlight on Congress’ loose guidelines," 18 Nov. 2020 On social media, officials from both countries snipe at each other’s posts, disputing every military advance or retreat and leveling charges of war crimes. Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times, "Around Nagorno-Karabakh, an all-out media war unfolds," 10 Nov. 2020 There has never been anything like it, with scientists collaborating across borders at full throttle—even as political leaders snipe at one another. Robin Marantz Henig, National Geographic, "To end this pandemic, we must trust science," 13 Oct. 2020 There has never been anything like it, with scientists collaborating across borders at full throttle—even as some of their political leaders snipe at one another. Robin Marantz Henig, National Geographic, "To end this pandemic, we must trust science," 13 Oct. 2020 The governor has demonstrated a willingness to defer to the president instead of his own constituents, sacrifice Georgians’ safety to snipe at his political foes, and shore up his own power at the expense of democracy. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "America’s Authoritarian Governor," 8 Aug. 2020

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

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“Snipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snipe. Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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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 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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