Definition of Snipe

1. Noun. Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks.

2. Verb. Hunt or shoot snipe. "In the summer they like to go out and snipe"
Generic synonyms: Hunt, Hunt Down, Run, Track Down

3. Noun. A gunshot from a concealed location.
Generic synonyms: Gunfire, Gunshot

4. Verb. Aim and shoot with great precision.
Exact synonyms: Sharpshoot
Generic synonyms: Blast, Shoot
Derivative terms: Sharpshooter, Sharpshooter, Sniper

5. Verb. Attack in speech or writing. ; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"

Definition of Snipe

1. n. Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidæ, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.

2. v. i. To shoot or hunt snipe.

3. v. t. To shoot at (detached men of an enemy's force) at long range, esp. when not in action.

Definition of Snipe

1. Noun. Any of various limicoline game birds of the genera ''Gallinago'', ''Lymnocryptes'' and ''Coenocorypha'' in the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak. ¹

2. Noun. A fool; a blockhead. ¹

3. Noun. A shot fired from a concealed place. ¹

4. Noun. (slang) A cigarette butt. ¹

5. Noun. (context: naval slang) A member of the engineering department on a ship. ¹

6. Noun. A bottle of wine measuring 0.1875 liters, one fourth the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo. ¹

7. Noun. An animated promotional logo during a television show. ¹

8. Verb. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place. ¹

9. Verb. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks. ¹

10. Verb. To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment. ¹

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Definition of Snipe

1. to shoot at individuals from a concealed place [v SNIPED, SNIPING, SNIPES]

Medical Definition of Snipe

1. 1. Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak. The common, or whole, snipe (Gallinago coelestis) and the great, or double, snipe (G. Major), are the most important European species. The Wilson's snipe (G. Delicata) (sometimes erroneously called English snipe) and the gray snipe, or dowitcher (Macrohamphus griseus), are well-known American species. 2. A fool; a blockhead. Half snipe, the dunlin; the jacksnipe. Jack snipe. See Jacksnipe. Quail snipe. See Quail. Robin snipe, the knot. Sea snipe. Shore snipe, any sandpiper. Snipe hawk, the marsh harrier. Stone snipe, the tattler. Summer snipe, the dunlin; the green and the common European sandpipers. Winter snipe. See Rock snipe, under Rock. Woodcock snipe, the great snipe. Origin: OE. Snipe; akin to D. Snep, snip, LG. Sneppe, snippe, G. Schnepfe, Icel. Snipa (in comp), Dan. Sneppe, Sw. Snappa a sanpiper, and possibly to E. Snap. See Snap, Snaffle. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Snipe

snip off
snipe (current term)
snipe hunt
snipe hunts
sniper rifle
sniper rifles

Literary usage of Snipe

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The only properly North American species is the well-known and favorite Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata), also known as the snipe, jack-snipe, ..."

2. The Birds of America by John James] [Audubon (1843)
"By the Creoles of Louisiana the Red-breasted snipe is named "Becassine de Mer," as well as ... RED-BREASTED snipe, Scolopax noveboracensis, Wils. Amer. ..."

3. An Etymological Dictionary of the English Language by Walter William Skeat (1893)
"snipe, a bird with a long bill, frequenting marshy places. ... [snipe and snite are parallel names for the same bird ; it is possible that the vowel of ..."

4. Sporting Magazine (1831)
"THE JACK AND THE SOLITARY snipe. same places as the common or larger snipe; but upon inquiries, and from concurring circumstances, it is somewhat doubtful ..."

5. The American Sportsman: Containing Hints to Sportsmen, Notes on Shooting by Elisha Jarrett Lewis, George G. White (1863)
"In Russia there is a large snipe which occasionally wanders as far as England, and is known there, we believe, as the horseman's snipe, from its superior ..."

6. Remains, Historical and Literary, Connected with the Palatine Counties of by Chetham Society (1858)
"It is nearly of the same character as the snipe, feeds upon the same kinds of ... It is as much esteemed as the snipe, and is cooked in the same manner. ..."

7. Geology of Wisconsin: Survey of 1873-1879 by Wisconsin Chief Geologist (1883)
"Wilson's snipe, incorrectly called the English snipe by many, is very abundant during the migrations, and doubtless breeds with us in considerable numbers, ..."

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