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

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Brazil was convicted and placed in Mohave County Jail and feared he would be sent to the state prison, where he would be killed for being a snitch against Hector. AZCentral.com, "Don Bolles files: The case of Skippy Brazil, the drug informant who was set on fire," 28 Aug. 2019 In 2018, Tawanna was intent on identifying and outing two other snitches. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "U.S. attorney's aide accused of helping gang member son find snitches," 14 Aug. 2019 Beneath the scrim of more routine teen fare — detentions, the snitch at school known as Jenny Joyce (Leah O’Rourke), the slightly dreamy Protestant boys from a rival school, the prom, etc. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Netflix’s Derry Girls is the best teen show out right now," 14 Aug. 2019 Canseco hung it up after 2001 and eventually established himself as baseball’s greatest snitch of the steroid era. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "White Sox designate Yonder Alonso for assignment as they prepare for next month’s trade deadline," 27 June 2019 Besides being the talk of the internet for her golden snitch-like hat and hilarious antics before the ceremony, Sarah got to be seated with the Windsors in church. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sarah Ferguson's Seat Today at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Was Really Significant," 12 Oct. 2018 These are boom times for snitches who turn in tax cheats to Uncle Sam. Laura Saunders, WSJ, "The Profitable Prospects of Snitching for the IRS," 26 Apr. 2019 The police had jailhouse telephone calls, jailhouse snitches, consciousness of guilt and accounts by Carr’s neighbors of a mufflerless car around the time Carr could have been killed. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, "More than three decades later, troubling questions and contradictions remain about two murder convictions and the role of forensic scientist Henry Lee," 23 July 2019 Prosecutors say Hussle was shot after a short conversation with Eric Holder, the man accused of killing Hussle, that included a discussion about whether Holder was a snitch. latimes.com, "Today: Biden on the Defensive," 28 June 2019

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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 Authorities say Clark, a drug dealer, had worried his ex-roommate would snitch on him. Michael Graczyk, The Seattle Times, "Man who tortured, drowned ex-roommate set to die Wednesday," 25 Sep. 2018 Authorities said that Clark, a drug dealer, had worried that Muse would snitch on him. Fox News, "Texas executes man in the torture, drowning of ex-roommate," 28 Sep. 2018 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

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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

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

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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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