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 The golden-snitch-like spheres with a limestone core are actually common along the Yorkshire coastline and can be found amongst the stones and shales. Fox News, "Fossil hunter finds 185M year-old ‘golden snitch’ with ancient sea creature inside," 19 Nov. 2019 The homemade version features a fierce Pomeranian playing the role of a runaway dragon and a tennis ball as the elusive golden snitch. Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times, "Theme park fans are re-creating rides at home, with tennis balls and pets as special effects," 29 Apr. 2020 With no other eyewitnesses, police turned to multiple jailhouse snitches. Robin Mcdowell, USA TODAY, "Did Amy Klobuchar help send an innocent teen away for life?," 30 Jan. 2020 And, because this whole cheating thing isn’t dispiriting enough on its own, some sports fans have been calling one of the guys who finally blew the whistle on the sign-stealing — former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers — a snitch. Yvonne Abraham, BostonGlobe.com, "Stealing signs and heroes," 18 Jan. 2020 And in each case, the information the snitch gave eventually proved false. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "Convicted Based on Lies," 9 Mar. 2020 Tony Soprano murdering a snitch while taking his daughter on a college tour? Los Angeles Times, "Column: Did Stephen Miller accidentally blow the whistle on Trump’s presidency?," 1 Oct. 2019 The consequences of snitch testimony can be catastrophic. Pamela Colloff, ProPublica, "He’s a Liar, a Con Artist and a Snitch. His Testimony Could Soon Send a Man to His Death.," 4 Dec. 2019 As much credit as Mr. Hernandez’s cooperation won him from prosecutors, his September stint as a government witness in Federal District Court in Manhattan led hip-hop fans and other rappers to call him a turncoat, a snitch and a fraud. Ed Shanahan, New York Times, "Tekashi69 Is Praised by Prosecutors, Who Urge a Lenient Sentence," 4 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Young people in particular worry about repercussions from snitching on a peer or being accused of misinterpreting a joke for a serious threat. Nicole Hockley, Quartz, "Four out of five mass shooters give you the power to stop them," 9 Aug. 2019 According to testimony, the March 31 shooting occurred after Holder and Hussle had a conversation about snitching in the parking lot of a Hyde Park strip mall where Hussle owned several businesses. Alene Tchekmedyian, latimes.com, "Driver in Nipsey Hussle case went to LAPD but was turned away, records show," 28 June 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

4 Jun 2020

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“Snitch.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snitch. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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More Definitions for snitch

snitch

noun
How to pronounce snitch (audio)

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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