snide

[snahyd]
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Origin of snide

First recorded in 1860–65; origin uncertain
Related formssnide·ly, adverbsnide·ness, noun
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snide

1
adjective
  1. Also: snidey (ˈsnaɪdɪ) (of a remark, etc) maliciously derogatory; supercilious
  2. counterfeit; sham
noun
  1. slang sham jewellery
Derived Formssnidely, adverbsnideness, noun

Word Origin for snide

C19: of unknown origin

snide

2
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
adj.

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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