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verb (used with object) Informal.
  1. to snatch or steal; pilfer.
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Origin of snitch1

First recorded in 1900–05; perhaps variant of snatch


verb (used without object)
  1. to turn informer; tattle.
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  1. Also called snitch·er. an informer.
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Origin of snitch2

First recorded in 1775–85; origin uncertain
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  • Snitch, to give information to the police, to turn approver.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • "Now, I'm not going to snitch on my mates," said McCarty decidedly.

  • The computers I love are being co-opted, used to spy on us, control us, snitch on us.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • A promise is a promise, especially to a small boy who scorns to "snitch."

  • Will you promise not to snitch if I tell you how to stop it, even if you don't go there yourself?

    The White Moll

    Frank L. Packard

British Dictionary definitions for snitch


  1. (tr) to steal; take, esp in an underhand way
  2. (intr) to act as an informer
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  1. an informer; telltale
  2. the nose
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Derived Formssnitcher, noun

Word Origin

C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snitch


"informer," 1785, probably from underworld slang meaning "the nose" (1700), which apparently developed from an earlier meaning "fillip on the nose" (1670s). Snitcher in same sense is from 1827.

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1803, "to inform," from snitch (n.). Meaning "to steal, pilfer" is attested from 1904, perhaps a variant of snatch (v.). Related: Snitched; snitching.

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