- 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.
- 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.
verb (used with object), snaked, snak·ing.
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Origin of snake
OTHER WORDS FROM snakesnakelike, adjective
Words nearby snake
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does snake mean?
Where does snake come from?
Snakes and serpents have long been figures of danger and deception. We need look no further than the Judeo-Christian story of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, where a diabolical serpent duped Eve into eating the forbidden fruit from the Tree of Knowledge. Things didn’t go too well for her or Adam after that …
Deep fears and myths, not to mention the slithering and tongue-flicking nature of the reptile, helped make the word snake refer to a “treacherous, unreliable, and deceptive person” by at least the 1580s. An extended expression is snake in the grass, or “concealed danger,” recorded in the early 1600s. Snake, as a verb for “sneak” or “cheat,” is found in the 1860s and 1870s.
It’s not all so high-brow when it comes to sneaky snakes. The cartoon The Simpsons, for instance, has featured the minor character, and comical criminal, Snake Jailbird since 1991.
How is snake used in real life?
Snake is a widely used term for an untrustworthy person, especially deceitful men in romantic contexts.
forgot what a snake looked like until I met you
— brea🎃 (@brea_tolbert) November 14, 2018
The verb snake is also used when talking about someone acting in a fiendish, snake-like way.
If I find out that you snaked me I won’t move mad but the energy towards you will never be the same
— habib💎 (@H4bib0) May 18, 2020
And then of course there are more lighthearted takes on those sly and scheming snakes out there.
when you're in the middle of a makeout sesh and it hits you right then that this guy is a snake just like the rest. 🐍🐍🐍 pic.twitter.com/DL3IxEJkIF
— alyx🌵 (@AlyxGreenwood98) February 26, 2017
More examples of snake:
“Should I Connect With this Guy? 10 Signs He May be a Snake in the Grass”
—PreEngaged (title), March 2015
“Can’t trust everybody around you, those be the main ones ready to snake you”
—@taethomas35, November 2018
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
Example sentences from the Web for snake
The snake also suffered from kidney damage, possibly a result of water deprivation near the end of its life.X-rays reveal what ancient animal mummies keep under wraps|Helen Thompson|August 20, 2020|Science News
Lizard and snake genomes are usually around 2 gigabases, she says.How tuatara live so long and can withstand cool weather|Jake Buehler|August 5, 2020|Science News
Physicists already knew that tree snakes flatten their bodies as they leap.
Over 300 years ago, microscopy pioneer Antonie van Leeuwenhoek described sperm tails swaying in a symmetric pattern, like “that of a snake or an eel.”Human sperm don’t swim the way that anyone had thought|Jack J. Lee|July 31, 2020|Science News
That’s just like venom glands of snakes, but it’s a first for amphibians, the researchers report July 3 in iScience.Bizarre caecilians may be the only amphibians with venomous bites|Christie Wilcox|July 3, 2020|Science News
For these Arabs, Iran is the raised (and loaded) head of the snake.
The black mamba snake slithering towards Lakshmi is highly venomous.‘Gods of Suburbia’: Dina Goldstein’s Arresting Photo Series on Religion vs. Consumerism|Dina Goldstein|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here the snake oil quotient is a bit more evident than in the skybox seats occupied by insights made using hard science.All These AIDS ‘Cures’ Are a Fantasy—One That Can Cause Real Harm|Kent Sepkowitz|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Which of these foods have science to back them up, and which are nothing but snake oil?Fish Oil, Turmeric, and Ginseng, Oh My! Are ‘Brain Foods’ B.S.?|Dr. Anand Veeravagu, MD|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The snake was particularly kissed and touched as worshippers entered.Fighting Back With Faith: Inside the Yezidis’ Iraqi Temple|Michael Luongo|August 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He heard Mohammedans alluding to a Brahmin as a leader—so might a wolf and a snake make common alliance against a watch dog.The Red Year|Louis Tracy
On his loins was a lion of great fierceness, and coiled round his waist was a hissing mamba (snake).Uncanny Tales|Various
So they bore Spotted Snake away with them in the canoe, while the Dogtown gang shrieked farewells from the old landing.The Campfire Girls of Roselawn|Margaret Penrose
Dorothy again caught the furtive glance of the woman's evil eyes, and recoiled from it as if she had trodden upon a snake.The World Before Them|Susanna Moodie
A few hundreds in a few hungry pockets, and we run a snake through the legislature declaring that lake state property.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton