verb (used with object)
Origin of snooker
Related Words for snookerobstruct, thwart, stonewall, foil, stall, impede, crimp, mystify, prevent, cramp, stump, nonplus, defeat, pigeonhole, confound, corner, crab, shelve, balk, puzzle
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Contemporary Examples of snooker
The worst attack occurred after nightfall on Thursday at a snooker club in Quetta in an area frequented by Hazara Shia Muslims.Pakistan’s Deadliest Day
January 11, 2013
Historical Examples of snooker
But Snooker, as usual, tried to sneak away, his tail between his legs.
A year ago young Snooker had done a month for one of those very trout.Mr. Britling Sees It Through
H. G. Wells
But Snooker spent all his spare time biting and snuffling, and he stank abominably.
In some rooms it is considered fair and part of the game to snooker an opponent deliberately; in others the practice is condemned.
A four-handed game of snooker is in as rapid progress as is reasonably possible.
Word Origin for snooker
1889, the game and the word said in an oft-told story to have been invented in India by British officers as a diversion from billiards. The name is perhaps a reference (with regard to the rawness of play by a fellow officer) to British slang snooker "newly joined cadet" (1872). Tradition ascribes the coinage to Col. Sir Neville Chamberlain (not the later prime minister of the same name), at the time subaltern in the Devonshire Regiment in Jubbulpore.
"to cheat," early 1900s, from snooker (n.), probably because in the game novices can easily be tricked. Related: Snookered; snookering.