NounSnipe (plural snipe or snipes)
- Any of various limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
- A fool; a blockhead.
- A shot from a concealed place.
- (naval slang) A member of the Engineering Department on a ship.
- A bottle of wine containing 0.1875 liters of fluid, 1/4 the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo.
- An animated promotional logo during a television show.
- To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
- To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
- To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment.
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The verb, i.e. its original meaning "to sharpshoot", was first used by British troops in India in the 18th century in allusion to their hunting of snipe as game.
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- Rhymes: -aɪp