- a variety of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of colors other than red, in which a player must shoot one of the red balls, each with a point value of 1, into a pocket before shooting at one of the other balls, with point values of from 2 to 7.
- Slang. to deceive, cheat, or dupe: to be snookered by a mail order company.
Origin of snooker
Examples from the Web for snookered
He went to bed wondering how he'd ever let himself get snookered into the deal.First on the Moon
There was a time when a remark like that would have had me snookered.Right Ho, Jeeves
P. G. Wodehouse
A player is “snookered” if his ball is so placed that he cannot hit a ball on which he is compelled to play.
- a game played on a billiard table with 15 red balls, six balls of other colours, and a white cue ball. The object is to pot the balls in a certain order
- a shot in which the cue ball is left in a position such that another ball blocks the object ball. The opponent is then usually forced to play the cue ball off a cushion
- to leave (an opponent) in an unfavourable position by playing a snooker
- to place (someone) in a difficult situation
- (often passive) to thwart; defeat
Word Origin and History for snookered
1889, the game and the word said in an oft-told story to have been invented in India by British officers as a diversion from billiards. The name is perhaps a reference (with regard to the rawness of play by a fellow officer) to British slang snooker "newly joined cadet" (1872). Tradition ascribes the coinage to Col. Sir Neville Chamberlain (not the later prime minister of the same name), at the time subaltern in the Devonshire Regiment in Jubbulpore.
"to cheat," early 1900s, from snooker (n.), probably because in the game novices can easily be tricked. Related: Snookered; snookering.