- any of several long-billed game birds of the genera Gallinago (Capella) and Limnocryptes, inhabiting marshy areas, as G. gallinago (common snipe), of Eurasia and North America, having barred and striped white, brown, and black plumage.
- any of several other long-billed birds, as some sandpipers.
- a shot, usually from a hidden position.
- to shoot or hunt snipe.
- to shoot at individuals as opportunity offers from a concealed or distant position: The enemy was sniping from the roofs.
- to attack a person or a person's work with petulant or snide criticism, especially anonymously or from a safe distance.
Origin of snipe
Examples from the Web for snipe
They used their monologues to snipe at each other, with Letterman piling on Jay just for kicks.Is Jay Leno Facing Another NBC Coup in Favor of Jimmy Fallon?
March 4, 2013
Snipe had been kicked out of his home, in the Bronx, and needed a place to crash.
A third stopped, and Snipe trotted forward to chat to the driver.
And there, where the new church stands, I shot my first snipe.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol. 1 (of 2)
There the Senecas adopted her into the Snipe clan of their nation.Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children
How much nearer do you get to shooting a snipe by being told how not to take your aim?Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
It might have been snipe and it might have been bristling boars.The Tragic Muse
"That is the way the kili (snipe) gets the uga (crab) from its shell," he said.mona; The Child; And The Beast; And Others
- any of various birds of the genus Gallinago (or Capella) and related genera, such as G. gallinago (common or Wilson's snipe), of marshes and river banks, having a long straight bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
- any of various similar related birds, such as certain sandpipers and curlews
- a shot, esp a gunshot, fired from a place of concealment
- (when intr, often foll by at) to attack (a person or persons) with a rifle from a place of concealment
- (intr often foll by at) to criticize adversely a person or persons from a position of security
- (intr) to hunt or shoot snipe
Word Origin and History for snipe
long-billed marsh bird, early 14c., from Old Norse -snipa in myrisnipa "moor snipe;" perhaps a common Germanic term (cf. Old Saxon sneppa, Middle Dutch snippe, Dutch snip, Old High German snepfa, German Schnepfe "snipe," Swedish snäppa "sandpiper"), perhaps originally "snipper." The Old English name was snite, which is of uncertain derivation. An opprobrious term (cf. guttersnipe) since c.1600.
"shoot from a hidden place," 1773 (among British soldiers in India), in reference to hunting snipe as game, from snipe (n.). Figurative use from 1892. Related: Sniped; sniping.