snook·​er | \ ˈsnu̇-kər How to pronounce snooker (audio) , chiefly British ˈsnü- \

Definition of snooker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a variation of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 variously colored balls


snookered; snookering; snookers

Definition of snooker (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a dupe of : hoodwink

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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 Are Back, which is being presented to the government to get football, snooker, rugby, golf and equestrian sports fans back into stadiums and major sporting events next month. Simon Perry,, "Watch Zara Tindall Wince as She Takes a Rapid COVID-19 Test — and Get Results in Minutes," 27 Aug. 2020 Small groups of fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events with coronavirus prevention measures but British Prime Minister Boris Johnson reversed course on Friday. Rob Harris, Star Tribune, "Sports fans no longer allowed at pilot events in England," 31 July 2020 In snooker, Judd Trump won the Gibraltar Open on Sunday. New York Times, "Looking for a Sport to Watch? It Won’t Be Easy," 16 Mar. 2020 Bar sports had for a time seemed immune to cancellation, but snooker postponed its world championship at the Crucible in Sheffield, England, and hoped for a rescheduling in the summer. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Can’t actually play sports? Why not simulate them?," 20 Mar. 2020 One played snooker, not with a cue stick, but with a chopstick and cherry tomatoes. Jane Li, Quartz, "“Travels in my flat”: Scenes from China’s mandatory coronavirus staycations," 29 Jan. 2020 Their new outfit, which became the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC), attracted the attention of Barry Hearn, a promoter with a knack for turning pub games into money-spinners (snooker gave him his big break). The Economist, "How darts flew from pastime to prime time," 2 Jan. 2020 The most comparable feat to Sherrock’s is probably the victory by Reanne Evans in 2017 at the world snooker championship, another British pub sport that requires precision and guile but not brute strength. Victor Mather, New York Times, "Woman Beats Man at Darts Championship for the First Time," 18 Dec. 2019 Today at the club, in a narrow townhouse with snooker tables, a ballroom and a bar, not even the eight committee members are in the ruling party. Max Colchester, WSJ, "A Select Few Prepare to Pick Next U.K. Prime Minister," 13 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "‘Better Call Saul’ Season 5, Episode 9 Recap: Bullet Holes," 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, "Hannity: How we got to this point with North Korea," 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, "How the Fingerling Caught On (Robot Grip and All) as 2017’s Hot Toy," 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,, "2017's hot toy: How the Fingerling - robot grip and all - caught on," 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, "Fingerlings: How a $15 monkey became the year’s hottest toy," 9 Dec. 2017 The difference is that Horton was a pachyderm patsy, snookered into pro bono egg-tending by a ne’er-do-well bird, while Glennon will make a cool $16 million this year. Pat Fitzmaurice,, "Chicago Bears Fantasy Football 2017 Preview: Grab Jordan Howard," 2 Aug. 2017 Cops said Bender may have been on a bender, as he was snookered. Barbara Hijek,, "FloriDUH: EEwwwww, return to sender!," 18 May 2017 Dole IPO: Less than four years after its billionaire chairman, David H. Murdock, took Dole Food Co. private — and snookered investors in the process, a judge said — the company is once again planning to tap the public markets. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: Stop the presses — another writers' strike is looming," 1 May 2017

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First Known Use of snooker


1889, in the meaning defined above


1925, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for snooker


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The first known use of snooker was in 1889

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“Snooker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snooker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a version of the game of pool that is played chiefly in Britain with a cue ball, 15 red balls, and 6 balls of other colors on a table that has 6 pockets



English Language Learners Definition of snooker (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to trick or deceive (someone)
British : to prevent (someone) from doing or achieving something

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