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adjective, snid·er, snid·est.
  1. derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner: snide remarks about his boss.
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Origin of snide

First recorded in 1860–65; origin uncertain
Related formssnide·ly, adverbsnide·ness, noun
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  1. Also: snidey (ˈsnaɪdɪ) (of a remark, etc) maliciously derogatory; supercilious
  2. counterfeit; sham
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  1. slang sham jewellery
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Derived Formssnidely, adverbsnideness, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


verb (tr; usually passive and foll by with)
  1. Northern English dialect to fill or load
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Word Origin and History for snide


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.

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