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. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of snider

Historical Examples of snider

  • He fired into them with a shotgun, and killed a German lad of eleven years, named Snider.

    Tea Leaves


  • The men were armed with the Snider, and were very stalwart and tall.

    Tent Work in Palestine

    Claude Reignier Conder

  • Six Snider rifles and two ponies were captured by the dacoits.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite

  • They had Snider rifles, and it was evident they were there to see that nobody came out.

    Long Odds

    Harold Bindloss

  • On the other hand, I am gratified to find that this old Snider shoots so true.

    A Veldt Official

    Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for snider


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

Word Origin for snide

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 snider



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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