snooker

[ snoo k-er, snoo-ker ]
/ ˈsnʊk ər, ˈsnu kər /

noun

a variety of pool played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of colors other than red, in which a player must shoot one of the red balls, each with a point value of 1, into a pocket before shooting at one of the other balls, with point values of from 2 to 7.

verb (used with object)

Slang. to deceive, cheat, or dupe: to be snookered by a mail order company.

Nearby words

  1. snog,
  2. snogging,
  3. snollygoster,
  4. snood,
  5. snook,
  6. snookums,
  7. snoop,
  8. snooper,
  9. snooperscope,
  10. snoopy

Origin of snooker

First recorded in 1885–90; origin uncertain

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British Dictionary definitions for snooker

snooker

/ (ˈsnuːkə) /

noun

a game played on a billiard table with 15 red balls, six balls of other colours, and a white cue ball. The object is to pot the balls in a certain order
a shot in which the cue ball is left in a position such that another ball blocks the object ball. The opponent is then usually forced to play the cue ball off a cushion

verb (tr)

to leave (an opponent) in an unfavourable position by playing a snooker
to place (someone) in a difficult situation
(often passive) to thwart; defeat

Word Origin for snooker

C19: of unknown origin

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