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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ None of those who sniped at his film career were ever to be so lasciviously tempted.
▪ The attack grew so personal, in fact, that attorneys began sniping at one another in front of the jurors.
▪ The Vatican claimed that sniping over Jerusalem had barely ruffled the Pope's serenity.
▪ The young woman was sniping at the Counsellors.
▪ Are your eyes crooked and your legs crossed that you zig-zag like a snipe?
▪ But Ann would not be plucking five hundred snipe carcases surely?
▪ In my mind I could almost hear the snipe whirling overhead on warm spring days in this, their prime habitat.
▪ It was a jack snipe, bobbing rhythmically on green legs in the shallow water.
▪ There can't be that number of snipe in the whole of Lewis let alone Barvas Estate, surely?
▪ This would deprive wading birds such as curlew and snipe of an ideal breeding sanctuary.
▪ Waders - redshank, snipe, dunlin - probed in the wet mud.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Willet \Wil"let\, n. (Zo["o]l.) A large North American snipe ( Symphemia semipalmata); -- called also pill-willet, will-willet, semipalmated tattler, or snipe, duck snipe, and stone curlew.

Carolina willet, the Hudsonian godwit.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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.


long-billed marsh bird, early 14c., from Old Norse -snipa in myrisnipa "moor snipe;" perhaps a common Germanic term (compare 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 (see guttersnipe) since c.1600.


Etymology 1 n. 1 (lb en plural: '''snipes''' or '''snipe''') Any of various limicoline game birds of the genera ''Gallinago'', ''Lymnocryptes'' and ''Coenocorypha'' in the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak. 2 A fool; a blockhead. 3 A shot fired from a concealed place. 4 (context naval slang English) A member of the engineering department on a ship. vb. 1 (lb en intransitive) To hunt snipe. 2 (lb en intransitive) To shoot at individuals from a concealed place. 3 (lb en intransitive) (context by extension English) To shoot with a sniper rifle. 4 (lb en intransitive) To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment. 5 (cx transitive English) To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skidding. Etymology 2

n. 1 (context slang English) A cigarette butt. 2 An animated promotional logo during a television show. 3 A strip of copy announcing some late breaking news or item of interest, typically placed in a print advertisement in such a way that it stands out from the ad. 4 A bottle of wine measuring 0.1875 liters, one fourth the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo. Etymology 3

n. A sharp, clever answer; sarcasm. vb. (lb en intransitive) To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.

  1. v. hunt or shoot snipe

  2. aim and shoot with great precision [syn: sharpshoot]

  3. attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: attack, round, assail, lash out, assault]

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

  2. a gunshot from a concealed location


A snipe is any of about 25 wading bird species in three genera in the family Scolopacidae. They are characterized by a very long, slender bill and crypsis plumage. The Gallinago snipes have a nearly worldwide distribution, the Lymnocryptes snipe is restricted to Asia and Europe and the Coenocorypha snipes are found only in the Outlying Islands of New Zealand. The three species of painted snipe are not closely related to the typical snipes, and are placed in their own family, the Rostratulidae.

Snipe (theatrical)

A snipe in the motion picture exhibition business refers to two things:

  • Any material before the feature presentation other than a trailer. "Welcome to our theater," courtesy trailers ("no smoking, littering, talking"), promotions for the snackbar, and "daters", that announce the date for an upcoming show, are the most common kinds of snipes.
  • A printed sticker or material that is made for the purpose of being pasted over other print material, such as posters or souvenir programs, in order to alter or add to information.
Snipe (Kotoko song)

"Snipe" (stylized as "snIpe") is a maxi single released by the J-pop singer, Kotoko. Released on June 24, 2009, this single is also contained in the I've Sound 10th Anniversary 「Departed to the future」 Special CD BOX, released on March 25, 2009.

The accompanying song, "Close to Me...: I've in Budokan 2009 Live Ver.", is the live version of her first visual novel theme song with I've Sound that she performed in their concert in Budokan on January 2, 2009.

The single only came in a limited CD+DVD edition (GNCV-0018). The DVD will contain the Promotional Video for snIpe.

Snipe (wood machining)

Snipe, in woodworking, is a noticeably deeper cut on the leading and/or trailing end of a board after having passed through a thickness planer or jointer. Its cause, in a jointer, is an out-feed table which is set too low relative to the cutter head, or in a thickness planer, an unnecessarily high setting of the Bed rollers of the in-feed table or a pressure bar which is set too high. The term has its origin in forestry where it is applied to a sloping surface or bevel cut on the fore end of a log to ease dragging. ( OED)

Snipe (disambiguation)

A snipe is a wading bird.

Snipe may also refer to:

  • Snipe (naval slang), a member of the engineering staff on a U.S. Navy vessel, most famously referenced in the anonymous poem "The Snipe's Lament."
  • Snipe (theatrical), a short announcement trailer on behalf of the theater
  • Snipe (wood machining), an unwanted deeper cut at the end of a board
  • Snipe (dinghy), class of racing sailboat
  • Sopwith Snipe, a World War I biplane fighter
  • Humber Super Snipe, an automobile
  • Auction sniping, a strategy of placing a winning bid at the last possible moment
  • Snipe incident, a 1958 military incident between Chile and Argentina in the Snipe Islet
  • Guttersnipe or snipe, a person of low character
  • The Snipe, one of the Titans in Crash of the Titans, an action-adventure game published by Sierra Entertainment
  • Snipes (video game), a text-mode networked computer game that was created in 1983 by SuperSet software
  • Snipe, a cheater bar, i.e. a length of pipe used as a lever extension on a wrench or chain binder
  • Snipe, the unsmoked end of a cigarette or cigar, often collected by homeless for future smoking
  • Snipe, the act of shooting someone a large distance away.
  • "Snipe" (Kotoko song), a 2009 J-pop song
  • Globe KDG Snipe, an American target drone
  • Snipe, the narrow end of a telephone or power pole
Snipe (dinghy)

The Snipe is a foot, 2 person, one design racing dinghy. Designed by William Crosby in 1931, it has evolved into a modern, tactical racing dinghy with fleets around the world. The Snipe is simple, making it easy to sail and trailer. The boat is recognized by the International Sailing Federation as an International Class and is sailed in 26 different countries. There have been over 30,000 Snipes constructed worldwide.

The global Snipe slogan is "Serious sailing, Serious fun".

The Snipe class has both developed and attracted some of the sailing world's top competitors. The top two olympic medalists in sailing Torben Grael and Paul Elvstrøm have competed in the Snipe. Grael, winner of five Olympic medals, began his world class career by winning a junior Snipe world championship, and subsequently two world championships. Elvstrøm was Snipe world champion in 1959 having won three of his four Olympic golds and world championships in the Finn and 505 class.

It can be sailed by all types of persons, no matter their age, their weight, or their sex. Co-ed crews are very popular in Snipe sailing.

Perhaps because of the very limited evolutions of the boat allowed over the years, there is an excellent second-hand market.

Regattas are held in most countries and local, regional, national and international championships offer great opportunities to compete at different levels of skills.

It's also easy and cheap to transport.

Usage examples of "snipe".

Clad in a hunting vest with woollen hose, he was engaged in making horse-hair springes for snipes and plover, while his eyes brightened as he beheld the bittern, and he vouchsafed a quiet nod to our salutations.

Clovelly herrings and Torridge salmon, Exmoor mutton and Stow venison, stubble geese and woodcocks, curlew and snipe, hams of Hampshire, chitterlings of Taunton, and botargos of Cadiz, such as Pantagruel himself might have devoured.

Wilson snipe, sandhill crane, Gadwall and canvas-back and red-bill Merganser ducks, American widgeon, red-necked grebe, Dunlin sandpiper, red-winged starling, and scores of equally fantastic prey.

The selection of wildfowl was especially cosmopolitan, including bittern, shoveler, pewit, godwit, quail, dotterl, heronsew, crane, snipe, plover, redshank, pheasant, grouse, and curlew.

Country and a National Geographic, on the coffee table, and she picked up the bird book for refuge in godwits and curlews, sandpipers, snipe, the repose they conjured as quickly gone with another turn of the page and she was up and through the kitchen, tapping on the white door Mister McCandless?

The second floor seemed to have been cleared, and Gord noted that archers and crossbow-armed dwarves were sniping from embrasures at the defenders below.

This here fella came out with his water can and the hider sniped him neat.

Some one - either Jorn or the murderer - managed to snipe Hoyle and tumble him into the street.

With it she had shot snipe in the Okavango Delta, sand grouse in the Karoo, duck and geese on the great Zambezi, grouse on the highland moors, and pheasant, woodcock and partridge on some of the great English estates to which she and the ambassador had been invited.

Despite the downpour, the Day Oners managed some sporadic sniping from windows and rooftops.

The rooks were wheeling over the plough-lands, and the peesweeps and snipe were calling in every meadow.

In the cacophony of negative television ads and sniping by critics, foes are raising doubts about the Clinton plan faster than the President and Hillary Rodham Clinton can explain it.

I do, even if our audience is none but a bunch of roynish, motley-minded snipes.

Malcolm Snipes wrestled the canister of hydrogen selenide into view and found a seat in the front row.

A number of snipes were endeavoring to pull Teledu away from the window.