noun, plural snipes, (especially collectively) snipe for 1, 2.
verb (used without object), sniped, snip·ing.
- snigging chain,
- snipe fly,
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?|Howard Kurtz|March 4, 2013|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.
Gun-brig “Snipe,” with 30 French prisoners on board, wrecked on the Beach.Chronological Retrospect of the History of Yarmouth and Neighbourhood|William Finch-Crisp
Here elk and deer are bred, there are abundant hares and rabbits, and also woodcock, grouse and snipe shooting.America, Volume I (of 6)|Joel Cook
The Snipe much resembles the Woodcock, but is smaller, with longer tarsi.Reptiles and Birds|Louis Figuier
As regards the snipe, he is good to eat, and the monarch of the glen certainly not.Twenty-Six Years Reminiscences of Scotch Grouse Moors|William Alexander Adams
I don't suppose you know that you won him over by letting him miss a snipe you could have shot.For the Allinson Honor|Harold Bindloss
noun plural snipe or snipes
Word Origin 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.