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[snahyd] /snaɪd/
adjective, snider, snidest.
derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner:
snide remarks about his boss.
Origin of snide
First recorded in 1860-65; origin uncertain
Related forms
snidely, adverb
snideness, noun Unabridged
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  • He fired into them with a shotgun, and killed a German lad of eleven years, named snider.

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  • The men were armed with the snider, and were very stalwart and tall.

    Tent Work in Palestine Claude Reignier Conder
  • Six snider rifles and two ponies were captured by the dacoits.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • They had snider rifles, and it was evident they were there to see that nobody came out.

    Long Odds

    Harold Bindloss
  • On the other hand, I am gratified to find that this old snider shoots so true.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • It was a bullet hole; the sort of gap made by a heavy snider missile.

    A Veldt Official Bertram Mitford
  • "Writ with a snider bullet, I take it," continued the trader.

  • Grasping his snider by the tip of the barrel the man looked at his wife with sullen, dulled ferocity.

British Dictionary definitions for snider


Also snidey (ˈsnaɪdɪ). (of a remark, etc) maliciously derogatory; supercilious
counterfeit; sham
(slang) sham jewellery
Derived Forms
snidely, adverb
snideness, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin


verb (transitive; usually passive) and foll by with
(Northern English, dialect) to fill or load
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Word Origin and History for snider



1859, thieves' slang, "counterfeit, sham, bad, spurious," of unknown origin. Of persons, "cunning, sharp," from 1883. Sense of "sneering" is first attested 1933, perhaps via sense of "hypocrisy, malicious gossip" (1902). Related: Sneeringly.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for snider



Contemptible; mean; nasty, esp in an insinuating way • Now used nearly exclusively in reference to remarks and persons who make them: A woman gets nothing but snide remarks about her driving skills

[1859+; origin unknown]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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