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

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 Close by is the home’s formal dining room with its table for 18, a separate snooker room and an oversized live-in kitchen complete with fireplace, dining table and furnace-like electric Aga cooking range. Howard Walker, Robb Report, 29 Mar. 2022 Other honorees included English cricket player Eoin Morgan, former rugby league footballer Kevin Sinfield, reigning world women's snooker champion Reanne Evans, former jockey Ron Atkins and fitness guru Derrick Evans (also known as Mr. Motivator). Stephanie Petit,, 12 Jan. 2022 The Hearns, for the uninitiated, are Barry (the father and President) and Eddie (the son and Chairman) of Matchroom Sport, the company that has revolutionized boxing, darts and snooker in the UK. Mike Meehall Wood, Forbes, 13 Sep. 2021 Everyone gathered in the anteroom, which, with its offerings of snooker, chess, table tennis, snakes and ladders, carom board, and a large TV, was the most appealing place in I.S.S.B. The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The métier worked with a supplier to make the basic structure and consulted with snooker professionals. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 7 Mar. 2021 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,, 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, 31 July 2020 In snooker, Judd Trump won the Gibraltar Open on Sunday. New York Times, 16 Mar. 2020 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, 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,, 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 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,, 2 Aug. 2017 Cops said Bender may have been on a bender, as he was snookered. Barbara Hijek,, 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,, 1 May 2017 See More

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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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“Snooker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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