adjective, snid·er, snid·est.

derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner: snide remarks about his boss.

Nearby words

  1. snick,
  2. snicker,
  3. snickersnee,
  4. snicket,
  5. snickometer,
  6. snidely,
  7. sniff,
  8. sniff at,
  9. sniff out,
  10. sniffer

Origin of snide

First recorded in 1860–65; origin uncertain

Related formssnide·ly, adverbsnide·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snidely




Also: snidey (ˈsnaɪdɪ) (of a remark, etc) maliciously derogatory; supercilious
counterfeit; sham


slang sham jewellery
Derived Formssnidely, adverbsnideness, noun

Word Origin for snide

C19: of unknown origin



verb (tr; usually passive and foll by with)

Northern English dialect to fill or load
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Word Origin and History for snidely



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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