Snipe Definition

snīp
sniped, snipes, sniping
noun
snipes
Any of various shorebirds (family Scolopacidae) with a long, slender, flexible bill used in probing for food, esp. a genus (Gallinago) living chiefly in marshy places.
Webster's New World
A shot from a hidden position.
Webster's New World
The butt of a cigar or cigarette.
Webster's New World
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(naval slang) A member of the engineering department on a ship.
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verb
sniped, snipes, sniping
To shoot from a hidden position, as at individuals of an enemy force.
Webster's New World
To hunt or shoot snipe.
Webster's New World
To direct an attack (at someone) in a sly or underhanded way.
Webster's New World
To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment.
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Other Word Forms of Snipe

Noun

Singular:
snipe
Plural:
snipes

Origin of Snipe

  • The verb originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper". The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English probably from Old Norse -snīpa (as in mȳrisnīpa marsh snipe)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English "type of bird", from Old Norse -snipa, in myrisnipa (“moor snipe")

    From Wiktionary

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