Complete Definition of "snipe"

English

Etymology
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 snipe as game.

Pronunciation
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-aɪp|-aɪp

Noun
snipe (plural: snipe or snipes)

  1. Any of various limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
  2. A fool; a blockhead.
  3. A shot from a concealed place.
  4. italbrac|naval slang A member of the Engineering Department on a ship.
  5. A bottle of wine containing 0.1875 liters of fluid, 1/4 the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo.

Translations
1. A bird of the family Scolopacidae.

Finnish: sirriäinen
German: Schnepfe f
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Lithuanian: tilvikas m
Russian: Ð±ÐµÐºÐ°Ñ /b'ekás/ m
Spanish: agachadiza f, agachona f, caica f

Translations
Finnish: hölmö (2), tyhmyri (2)

See also
snipe hunt

Verb
snipe
en-verb|snipes|sniping|sniped

  1. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
  2. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
  3. To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment.

Translations to be checked
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ttbc|Hungarian: szalonka

Derived terms
sniper

Category:Birds
Category:English nouns with irregular plurals

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