Also British, snite [snahyt] /snaɪt/ . any of several long-billed game birds of the genera Gallinago (sometimes Capella) and Limnocryptes, inhabiting marshy areas, as G. gallinago(com·mon snipe, orwhole 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.
- snipe·like, adjective
- snip·er, noun
- coun·ter·snip·er, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023
How to use snipe in a sentence
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? | Howard Kurtz | March 4, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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.
Plenty of couples snipe at each other in sometimes embarrassing ways in front of company.
Mr. MacCulloch also writes me word that the Solitary snipe occasionally occurs.Birds of Guernsey (1879) | Cecil Smith
Dottrel and yellow silk,—inside of snipe's wing, and pale yellow silk,—hooks No. 2.
Light Blue,—inside of snipe's wing,—body light Drab silk,—tail and legs grizzled hackle.
Light Blue,—inside of snipe's wing,—light drab silk for body,—legs and tail grizzled hackle.
The blood was pouring from the wound, and he lay motionless, with the snipe dead on the ground about six inches from his nose.The Animal Story Book | Various
British Dictionary definitions for snipe
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
- snipelike, adjective
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012