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noun,plural (especially collectively) snap·per, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snap·pers for 1, 2; snap·pers for 3-5.
  1. any of several large marine food fishes of the family Lutjanidae.

  2. any of various other fishes, as the bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.

  1. Informal. a person in charge of a group of workers.

  2. a tuft or knot of cotton, horsehair, hemp, etc., at the tip of a whip's lash; cracker; popper.

Origin of snapper

First recorded in 1525–35; snap + -er1

Words Nearby snapper Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use snapper in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for snapper


/ (ˈsnæpə) /

nounplural -per or -pers
  1. any large sharp-toothed percoid food fish of the family Lutjanidae of warm and tropical coastal regions: See also red snapper

  2. a sparid food fish, Chrysophrys auratus, of Australia and New Zealand, that has a pinkish body covered with blue spots

  1. another name for bluefish, snapping turtle

  2. a person or thing that snaps

  3. informal a person who takes snapshots; photographer

  4. Irish informal a baby

  • Also called (for senses 1, 2): schnapper

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