snitch

noun
\ ˈsnich How to pronounce snitch (audio) \

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 Since the conviction, a jailhouse snitch recanted his testimony that Kensu had confessed, and a federal judge overturned his sentence after finding, in part, that his lawyer provided ineffective counsel by never calling a crucial alibi witness. NBC News, "Is Temujin Kensu a 'ninja killer' or wrongfully convicted man?," 21 Mar. 2021 An article last Sunday about snitch culture referred incorrectly to the recipient of a selfie from inside the Capitol Rotunda on Jan. 6. New York Times, "Corrections: March 7, 2021," 7 Mar. 2021 Somebody in Heidi Cruz’s close circle of friends is a snitch. Dahleen Glanton, chicagotribune.com, "Column: With friends like Heidi Cruz’s, who needs enemies?," 24 Feb. 2021 But accusing someone of being a snitch is also a huge deal. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Embedded inside encrypted Antifa during election week," 6 Nov. 2020 Featuring jailhouse snitch Paul Skalnik, a witness in 35 Florida cases who helped send dozens to jail, including four to death row. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Friday: ‘The Queen’s Gambit’ on Netflix," 23 Oct. 2020 One of them, alleged slammer Cornelius Garrison III, was shot to death Sept. 24 in a Gentilly residence, and authorities suspect he might have been killed to silence a snitch. Drew Broach | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "'Slammers,' 'spotters,' crooked lawyers: 4 more indicted in New Orleans staged accident scam," 17 Oct. 2020 That’s the strange thing about it—feeling like a snitch or a cop. Matt Ortile, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do If Your Airplane Seatmate Won't Wear a Mask," 15 Oct. 2020 Keanu Reeves and Liam Neeson aren’t the only marquee stars to take a second-act spin as action heroes; this 2015 shoot-’em-up finds Salma Hayek trapped in her apartment, fighting off an army of thugs and bad guys sent to kill her for turning snitch. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "10 Unusual Streaming Movies for Unusual Times," 23 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In Anchorage, children were offered rewards to snitch on bootleggers and still locations. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "Mud, fires and bootlegging: What daily life looked like in the early years of Anchorage," 9 Nov. 2020 Cardoza-Moore questioned why the school would encourage parents to snitch on one another and what would happen if a parent violates the waiver. Caleb Parke, Fox News, "Tennessee mom says parents asked to sign 'ridiculous' waiver they will not eavesdrop on kids' online lessons," 22 Aug. 2020 The Red Sox and Yankees snitched on one another in 2017, resulting in fines and the revelation of Apple Watch usage (Red Sox) and an unfounded accusation of a YES network camera that doubled as a sign decoder. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "After role in Astros' sign-stealing scandal, can Carlos Beltran manage former foes with Mets?," 15 Jan. 2020 Eric Paschall ✔ @epaschall Doug Collins was not going to snitch lol! Los Angeles Times, "ESPN’s ‘The Last Dance’ Michael Jordan series: Reactions to Episodes 3 and 4," 26 Apr. 2020 Add those infractions to the incessant lying, snitching, backstabbing, and accusations of alcoholism, and yeah...I'm sure you'd be exhausted, too. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "People Can’t Get Over How Sad Peter Weber Looks In This Interview," 7 Feb. 2020 But the shooter might not get very far since Blanca heard the gunshot on her way to arrest Ghost for the murder of Terry Silver, thanks to Dre’s continued snitching ways. Derek Lawrence, EW.com, "Power creator breaks down Ghost's shocking fall," 4 Nov. 2019 That means calling out the perpetrators, taking on the no-snitching culture as well as also providing hope, jobs, opportunities and a healthier way of living life for those mostly behind the murder and mayhem. Rubén Rosario, Twin Cities, "Rosario: On policing and crime and caring where you live," 1 Nov. 2019 But they are also assumed to snitch on dissenters, leaving many Chinese students afraid to speak their minds. The Economist, "Australian universities are accused of trading free speech for cash," 19 Sep. 2019

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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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Time Traveler for snitch

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The first known use of snitch was circa 1785

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Last Updated

31 Mar 2021

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“Snitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snitch. Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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snitch

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snitch

informal + disapproving : 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 How to pronounce snitch (audio) \
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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