snooker

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noun

snook·​er ˈsnu̇-kər How to pronounce snooker (audio)
 chiefly British  ˈsnü-
: a variation of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 variously colored balls

snooker

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verb

snookered; snookering; snookers

transitive verb

: to make a dupe of : hoodwink

Examples of snooker in a Sentence

Verb I can't believe you managed to snooker me with that story about being an orphan.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
In the next room, three men from Nigeria played snooker, a type of pool, with a man from Pakistan and another from Ukraine. Megan Specia, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2024 In 2020, Thom Sweeney turned a four-story townhouse on Old Burlington Street into its new flagship, complete with a below-ground barbershop, a snooker table in the first-floor showroom, all of it crowned by a cocktail lounge dubbed Sol’s. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, 4 Mar. 2024 Some of the estate’s more notable recreation and leisure perks include a private gym, an orangery, a snooker room, a 65-foot indoor swimming pool, and a tennis court. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 27 Feb. 2024 There are 13 in total, and these include (of course) the NBA, the NFL, and the MLB, as well as soccer, snooker, handball, and boxing. Sponsored Content, The Mercury News, 10 Jan. 2024 Some of the home’s many rooms include a bespoke Mark Wilkinson kitchen, a snooker room, and a reception hall with a sweeping oak staircase. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 26 Sep. 2023 World Snooker estimates that there are about 350 million snooker fans throughout Asia, where demographically, their fans are younger than other regions; whereas 27% of snooker fans in the U.K. are 50-years-old or younger, 80% of fans in China are in that age range. Amy Gunia, Time, 7 Oct. 2022 In addition to creating the LIV golf tour, the Saudis have bought the Newcastle United soccer team in Britain’s Premier League and hosted Formula One races, horse races with record prize money, and other tournaments and matches, from snooker to boxing and chess. Ellen Knickmeyer, Fortune, 12 Mar. 2023 Richard McShane, the volunteer director of the Phoenix Community Center, has spent years trying to establish a place for locals to come together, converting a once-vacant shop into a thriving multiuse space equipped with a sports club, boxing gym and snooker table. Megan Specia, New York Times, 19 Dec. 2022
Verb
Democrats last year snookered Republicans into passing their $280 billion Chips Act, which includes $39 billion in direct financial aid for chip makers and a 25% investment tax credit. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 28 Feb. 2023 The biggest price—and this theme runs through much of Sheridan’s work—is the one exacted by capitalism and the gentrifiers and financiers who snooker the good people who still work with their hands. Sridhar Pappu, The Atlantic, 10 Nov. 2022 And snooker never really gained sustained traction elsewhere in the world, with top players consistently hailing from Great Britain or Commonwealth countries. Amy Gunia, Time, 7 Oct. 2022 And as Kim snookered him in that living room showdown, Mike had the cross-hairs of a rifle pointed at Lalo’s chest. David Segal, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2020 Yesterday, they were supposed to be delivered, the documents by DOJ and they got snookered because the DOJ backed off. Fox News, 9 June 2018 This past week, Fingerlings were out of stock on Walmart’s website, while parents complained that they had been snookered into buying counterfeits from sellers on Amazon and other sites. Michael Corkery, New York Times, 9 Dec. 2017 This past week, Fingerlings were out of stock on Walmart's website, while parents complained that they had been snookered into buying counterfeits from sellers on Amazon and other sites. The New York Times, NOLA.com, 9 Dec. 2017 Last week, Fingerlings were out of stock on Wal-Mart’s website, while parents complained that they had been snookered into buying counterfeits from sellers on Amazon and other sites. Michael Corkery, The Seattle Times, 9 Dec. 2017

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1889, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1925, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snooker was in 1889

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“Snooker.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snooker. Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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