a variety of the game of pool played with fifteen red balls and six other balls
Origin of snookerfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to make a direct shot impossible for (an opponent in snooker)
- Informal to thwart or defeat
- Slang to deceive, trick, or cheat
Pocket billiards played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of other colors.
transitive verbsnook·ered, snook·er·ing, snook·ers
- Slang a. To lead (another) into a situation in which all possible choices are undesirable; trap.b. To fool; dupe: “Snookered by a lot of malarkey about drilling costs, a Texas jury … added $3 billion of punitive damages” ( New Republic )
- To leave one's opponent in the game of snooker unable to take a direct shot without striking a ball out of the required order.
Origin of snookerOrigin unknown