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 In response to snipe hunters wanting later hunting opportunities, TPWD looks to push the season for the species two weeks later than normal and run Nov. 7 through Feb. 21. Matt Wyatt, ExpressNews.com, "Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission meeting canceled, action items moved to May 21," 19 Mar. 2020 That one went far side, blocker high, but Tuesday’s identical snipe, 1:36 in, was short side, low glove. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "Observations from the Bruins’ win in Nashville," 7 Jan. 2020 Both showed promise through seven maps of gameplay — Shotzzy picked up a clutch pair of snipes against the Huntsmen in search and destroy and iLLeY put together a few streaks. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "What we learned about the Empire at Call of Duty League launch weekend," 28 Jan. 2020 Stalock’s shoulder save on Teravainen’s quick snipe sent the puck around the right boards where Staal initiated the breakout with a pass to Zuccarello. Peter Koutroumpis / Special To The Pioneer Press, Twin Cities, "Wild win streak ends in 6-2 loss to Hurricanes," 7 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, the Wild rode the wave created by Greenway, taking the lead with a beautiful breakaway goal from Jason Zucker and stretching it to 4-2 off a pair of snipes from Marcus Foligno and Ryan Donato. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Jordan Greenway records Gordie Howe Hat Trick to lift Wild to victory," 12 Dec. 2019 The Rangers watched Charlie McAvoy wheel around the net and set up Coyle for a 3-1 snipe, his first of the year. BostonGlobe.com, "A 13-point night for the Bruins’ top line paved the way to a convincing victory - The Boston Globe," 28 Oct. 2019 Australia eventually made its pressure count as a quick snipe from scrum half White broke the deadlock with his third try for the Wallabies. Ben Morse, CNN, "Australia beats Georgia in error-strewn game to go top of group," 11 Oct. 2019 Wringing jokes out of a field of candidates who mostly agree with each other — and who didn’t snipe at each other as viciously as the bloated Republican field did four years ago — wasn’t the simplest thing. Steve Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "Late-night TV confronts a tough question: Are Democratic candidates funny?," 28 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The game has taken a back seat, as players snipe at one another, speaking out on the embarrassment the Astros have wreaked on the sport. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers mailbag: No sign-stealing, take your (No. 1) pick, Jake Rogers' defense," 20 Feb. 2020 Hold Baldwin to 13 points and McDermott could snipe seven 3s. Drew Favakeh, Indianapolis Star, "Butler basketball: Bulldogs bigs will play larger role as opponents adjust," 2 Feb. 2020 Some like to snipe 'yotes at long distances, while others like to call them right into their laps. Richard Mann, Field & Stream, "The 10 Best Coyote Cartridges," 17 Sep. 2019 With such a tight race, the incentive to snipe is high, particularly for a candidate like Klobuchar. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, "Democrats’ final debate before Iowa and the impeachment trial is last chance to make big splash," 14 Jan. 2020 The French club may instead look to Daniel Sturridge as a potential alternative should Falcao leave, as they are reported to have made a last-gasp offer to snipe the former Liverpool man away from Trabzonspor. SI.com, "Wanda Nara Insists Mauro Icardi Will Not Be Moving to Monaco This Summer," 19 Aug. 2019 The scheming Roys consistently snipe at one another, as do the piano keys, but all of that gives way to loud, sweeping drama from time to time. Sonia Rao, Houston Chronicle, "‘Succession’ composer makes music secondary character for series," 12 Aug. 2019 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

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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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Last Updated

31 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Snipe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snipe. Accessed 8 Apr. 2020.

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More Definitions for snipe

snipe

noun
How to pronounce snipe (audio)

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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