snake

[ sneyk ]
/ sneɪk /

noun

any of numerous limbless, scaly, elongate reptiles of the suborder Serpentes, comprising venomous and nonvenomous species inhabiting tropical and temperate areas.
a treacherous person; an insidious enemy.Compare snake in the grass.
Building Trades.
  1. Also called auger, plumber's snake. (in plumbing) a device for dislodging obstructions in curved pipes, having a head fed into the pipe at the end of a flexible metal band.
  2. Also called wirepuller. a length of resilient steel wire, for threading through an electrical conduit so that wire can be pulled through after it.

verb (used without object), snaked, snak·ing.

to move, twist, or wind: The road snakes among the mountains.

verb (used with object), snaked, snak·ing.

to wind or make (one's course, way, etc.) in the manner of a snake: to snake one's way through a crowd.
to drag or haul, especially by a chain or rope, as a log.

Origin of snake

before 1000; Middle English (noun); Old English snaca; cognate with Middle Low German snake, Old Norse snākr

Related forms

snake·like, adjective
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snake

/ (sneɪk) /

noun

verb

Derived Forms

snakelike, adjective

Word Origin for snake

Old English snaca; related to Old Norse snākr snake, Old High German snahhan to crawl, Norwegian snōk snail
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