snitch

noun
\ˈsnich \

Definition of snitch 

(Entry 1 of 3)

: one who snitches : tattletale

snitch

verb (1)
snitched; snitching; snitches

Definition of snitch (Entry 2 of 3)

snitch

verb (2)
snitched; snitching; snitches

Definition of snitch (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

: to take by stealth : pilfer

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Other Words from snitch

Verb (1)

snitcher noun

Examples of snitch in a Sentence

Noun

several men were sentenced to prison based on the now-questionable testimony of a jailhouse snitch

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Orange County jailhouse informant scandal has upended criminal cases and led to state and federal investigations into how prosecutors and jailers used snitches to obtain confessions from other inmates. Adam Elmahrek, latimes.com, "ACLU sues Orange County D.A. and sheriff over use of jailhouse informants," 4 Apr. 2018 The gang members met regularly to talk about gang structure and discuss snitches, according to the indictment. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Alleged MS-13 member in Maryland accused of ordering gang hits in Houston," 15 Mar. 2018 Some students call them snitches or see them as meddling do-gooders. Washington Post, "Chicago teens take lead on gun violence at home, nationally," 16 May 2018 Then, a September execution was pushed back in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, and a December death date was called off in light of the jailhouse snitch. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "San Antonio lovers' lane killer denied clemency, both appeals 2 days before scheduled execution," 14 May 2018 Cons: Is a snitch, and looks like Chandler’s ex-roommate. 20. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Bachelorette Power Rankings: Did Becca eliminate the wrong guys in Week 1?," 29 May 2018 Delos is looking to exploit Maeve’s mesh networking abilities NM: OK, first of all: Did Sizemore wheel Maeve down to the labs to get her help or snitch to Delos about her abilities? William Lee, chicagotribune.com, "‘Westworld’ Episode 8 recap: 5 things to know about ‘Kiksuya’," 11 June 2018 Some students call them snitches or see them as meddling do-gooders. Washington Post, "Chicago teens take lead on gun violence at home, nationally," 16 May 2018 Two months later, his next execution date was called off in light of claims of false testimony from a jailhouse snitch. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "‘My life still has value’: San Antonio death row inmate begs for clemency 2 weeks before execution," 1 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Students should be told that there's a big difference between snitching and seeking help, the guide said. NBC News, "It's not 'snitching': Secret Service says students can help prevent gun violence," 11 July 2018 EBay users’ participation in the site’s governance is best understood as large-scale offloading of labor, and is basically limited to snitching on one another; users have some recourse against one another and somewhat less against the site itself. John Herrman, New York Times, "Want to Understand What Ails the Modern Internet? Look at eBay," 20 June 2018 While serving life in California’s Folsom Prison for the 1974 murder of his son’s girlfriend, who’d snitched on a robbery Clarence Ray Allen committed, Allen solicited hits on eight witnesses against him. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "The Last Words of Infamous American Killers: 'It's a Good Day to Die'," 25 May 2018 While serving life in California’s Folsom Prison for the 1974 murder of his son’s girlfriend, who’d snitched on a robbery Clarence Ray Allen committed, Allen solicited hits on eight witnesses against him. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "The Last Words of Infamous American Killers: 'It's a Good Day to Die'," 25 May 2018 This all went down after Kimball's nemesis David Ravitz pushed one-too-many buttons, snitching on him to Bachelorette Becca Kufrin. Kathryn Lindsay, refinery29.com, "Jordan Kimball's Incredibly Stirring Modeling Speech On The Bachelorette, Annotated," 12 June 2018 While serving life in California’s Folsom Prison for the 1974 murder of his son’s girlfriend, who’d snitched on a robbery Clarence Ray Allen committed, Allen solicited hits on eight witnesses against him. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "The Last Words of Infamous American Killers: 'It's a Good Day to Die'," 25 May 2018 Troy Clark was sentenced to die in 2000 for killing Christina Muse out of fear the young mother would snitch on him for his drug use, according to court records. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Execution set for TX death row inmate convicted of killing woman, stuffing body in barrel of lime," 9 May 2018 While serving life in California’s Folsom Prison for the 1974 murder of his son’s girlfriend, who’d snitched on a robbery Clarence Ray Allen committed, Allen solicited hits on eight witnesses against him. Jeff Truesdell, PEOPLE.com, "The Last Words of Infamous American Killers: 'It's a Good Day to Die'," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of snitch

Noun

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1801, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snitch

Noun

origin unknown

Verb (2)

probably alteration of snatch

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snitch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snitch

: a person who tells someone in authority (such as the police or a teacher) about something wrong that someone has done : someone who snitches

snitch

verb
\ˈsnich \
snitched; snitching

Kids Definition of snitch

 (Entry 1 of 3)

snitch

verb
snitched; snitching

Kids Definition of snitch (Entry 2 of 3)

snitch

noun
plural snitches

Kids Definition of snitch (Entry 3 of 3)

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