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snapperhead etymology snapper + head, possibly a reference to the appearance of snapper's heads frequently used as bait.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) a dumbbell; a knucklehead.
    • 1867, Australian capers: or, Christopher Cockle's colonial experience, John Richard Howlding, page 377 : 'Hallo, shipmate ! who are you ? And what the blessing do you want here ?' demanded the sailor, starting up in a fighting attitude. 'Back out of this, I say, Mr. Snapperhead, or whatever your name is...'
    • 2002, Destiny of the Soul, Heywood Steele, ISBN 0595215947, page 198: "'What, and interrupt me again? Bring it to me, snapper head.'"
    • 2005, Seth King, Triangles, ISBN 1413471714, page 456: "'Get off of me, snapperhead!' grunted Rhett."
    • 2007, Race the Rising Sun, Eric Steeves, ISBN 158832172X, page 302 : "From thirty feet away, Fletcher yelled 'Hey, Snapperhead! What the fuck are you doing?'"
snappy pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Rapid and without delay. examplea snappy response exampleMake it snappy! (=hurry up)
  2. (informal) Irritable. exampleYou're snappy this morning; did you not sleep well?
  3. (informal) Tidy; well-dressed; sharp. exampleHere he is, looking snappy in his brand-new suit.
  4. Chilly, brisk, sharp. examplesnappy weather;   snappy pace;   snappy rejoinder
    • 1898, Winston Churchill (novelist) , The Celebrity, 8 , “The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet:….”
Synonyms: (rapid and without delay) fast, immediate, quick, (irritable) irritable, peevish, testy, tetchy
snarf etymology {{blend}}?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, slang) To eat or consume greedily. He snarfed a whole bag of chips in a couple of minutes!
    • 1999: Marya Hornbacker, Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia, page 239 Freed from the usual inhibitions, we get home and I snarf down pasta salad right out of the Tupperware container…
    • 2000: Nancy Woodruff, Someone Else's Child, page 40 "I'm not going to sit there while you two watch me snarf a whole pie by myself."
    • 2003: Allen D. Berrien, Powerboat Care and Repair: How to Keep Your Outboard, Sterndrive, Or Gas-Inboard Boat Alive and Well, page 41 The old 40-horse models used to snarf up more fuel than today's 90-horse models.
  2. (transitive, slang) To take something by dubious means, but without the connotation of stealing; to take something without regard to etiquette. I snarfed a bunch of freebies from the vendor's booth when he wasn't looking.
    • 1995: Tom Shanley, Don Anderson, ISA System Architecture, page 296 Either write-through or write-back policy caches may snarf the data that the bus master is writing to memory.
    • 1996: Harold Abelson, Gerald Jay Sussman, Julie Sussman, Structure and Interpretation of Computer Programs, page 399 addition, the embedding enables the designer to snarf features from the underlying language …
    • 2001: Brad A. Myers, Choon Hong Peck, Jeffrey Nicols, Dave Kong, and Robert Miller, Interacting at a Distance Using Semantic Snarfing, in Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on Ubiquitous Computing, pages 305-314. Other future applications of the semantic snarfing idea might include classrooms, where students might snarf interesting pieces of content from the instructor's presentation; …
  3. (transitive, slang) To expel fluid or food through the mouth or nostrils accidentally, usually while attempting to stifle laughter with one's mouth full. It was so funny, I snarfed my milk onto my keyboard.
  4. (transitive, slang, computing) To slurp (computing slang sense); to load in entirety; to copy as a whole. I snarfed the whole database into my program.
snarkcastic etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Sarcastic in a snide or irritable manner.
    • 2007, Mark Andrejevic, iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era, University Press of Kansas (2007), ISBN 9780700616862, page 146: {{…}} whereas shows like Joe Millionaire and The Bachelor served as the brunt of the more snarkastic forums, whose viewers are nonetheless avid viewers of the shows they pan.
    • 2007, Paul Ruditis, The Four Dorothys, Simon Pulse (2007), ISBN 9781416933915, pages 2-3: I mean, what's the fun of seeing your friends' lives spiral out of control if you can't get in a snarkastic comment or two along the way?
    • 2014, Amy Lane, Behind the Curtain, Dreamspinner Press (2014), ISBN 9781627985093, page 14: You're babbling, and because somehow your Speedo has offended me mightily, I'm going to be shitty and snarkastic until we no longer have to interface, so deal with it.
snarky etymology snark + y; 1906, as “irritable”, from 1866 snark, by onomatopoeia. Compare Low German snarken, Northern Frisian snarke, Swedish snarka.{{R:Online Etymology Dictionary}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Snide and sarcastic; usually out of irritation, often humorously.
snatch pronunciation
  • /snætʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 From Middle English snacchen, snecchen, from Old English *snæccan, from {{etym}} *snakkijaną, *snakkōną. Cognate with Dutch snakken, Low German snacken, German schnacken, Norwegian snakke. Related to snack.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To grasp quickly. exampleHe snatched up the phone.
  2. To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch. exampleto snatch at a rope
  3. To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony. to snatch a kiss
    • Alexander Pope when half our knowledge we must snatch, not take
  4. To grasp and remove quickly.
    • 1922, Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room Chapter 2 "How many times have I told you?" she cried, and seized him and snatched his stick away from him.
    • Thomson Snatch me to heaven.
    exampleHe snatched the letter out of the secretary's hand.
  5. To steal. exampleSomeone has just snatched my purse!
  6. (by extension) To take a victory at the last moment.
    • {{quote-news}}
  7. To do something quickly due to limited time available.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, 10 , [ The Mirror and the Lamp] , “It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.”
    exampleHe snatched a sandwich before catching the train. exampleHe snatched a glimpse of her while her mother had her back turned.
Synonyms: grab, See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A quick grab or catch. The leftfielder makes a nice snatch to end the inning.
  2. (weightlifting) A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.
  3. A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation. I heard a snatch of Mozart as I passed the open window.
  4. (vulgar slang) A vulva.
    • 1962, Douglas Woolf, Wall to Wall, Grove Press, page 83, Claude, is it true what they say about Olovia? Of course she’s getting a little old for us—what about Marilyum, did you try her snatch?
    • 1985, Jackie Collins, Lucky, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671524933, page 150, Roughly Santino ripped the sheet from the bed, exposing all of her. She had blond hair on her snatch, which drove him crazy. He was partial to blondes.
    • 2008, Jim Craig, North to Disaster, Bushak Press, ISBN 0961711213, page 178, “…You want me to ask Brandy to let you paint her naked body with all this gooey stuff to make a mold of her snatch?”
Synonyms: (vagina) cunt, twat
etymology 2
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The handle of a scythe; a snead.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • chants
  • stanch
snatchback etymology snatch + back
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The act of forcibly taking something back, such as a turn in speaking (by interject) or a hire-purchase item on which installment are overdue.
snatch the pebble etymology From the 1970s television series called starring . In the title sequence to this series, the protagonist (a young martial arts student) is finally able to snatch a pebble from his master's hand, indicating he has developed sufficient skills and wisdom and is ready to leave the school and venture into the world.
verb: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial, idiomatic) To fully grasp the meaning of a concept or developed a skill to a high degree of proficiency, often that rivals some specific expert.
snausage etymology A variant of the more usual sausage; from , a brand of dog treat, perhaps {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (rare slang) A penis.
    • 1996 May 22, “Sabine the Diva Chick” (username), “nutella!”, in, Usenet, nutella!  oh, the memories ;)  one time i was just too fucking lazy to smear it on, so i made dominick <my ex> dip his snausage into the jar, and i think i gained 2 or 3 pounds that night.
    • 1999 December 13, “J.R. Dean” (username), “Geoff Miller's Guilty Conscience?”, in scruz.general, Usenet, And there's Peeper Geoffie hiding in the bushes, peering through windows, rubbing his snausage against his little yellow raincoat.
    • 2004 February 12, “Venger” (username), “Re: Rumor leads to Kerry's pants!!”, in, Usenet, Who is in charge, Kerry or his snausage? If he cannot master his groin, then he ain't worth a shit.
snazziness etymology snazzy + -ness.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Elegance in manner of dress; stylishness; flashiness.
    • 2007, Jason Sheftell, "Urban stylists," New York Daily News, 24 Aug. (retrieved 8 Jan. 2009): "We wanted to give the wallpaper some snazziness and motion," says Ha, laughing.
    • 2008, Marty Katz, "Ultrathin Laptop Starts Up Quickly and Comes With a Brand Name That Gamers Love," New York Times, 12 Jun. (retrieved 8 Jan. 2009): And, for elevated snazziness, the black carbon-fiber-weave case can be customized with wild designs, automotive paints or, for something Apple may never match, it can be chromed.
  2. (informal) Excellence; cleverness, ingenuity, or adeptness in behavior, operation, or execution.
    • 2001, Roben Farzad, "Why Shareholders Give TiVo the HeaveHo,", 28 Jun. (retrieved 8 Jan 2009): There's a painful disparity between the snazziness of TiVo's technology and the decrepitude of its balance sheet.
Synonyms: (elegance in manner of dress; stylishness; flashiness) pizazz, dash, flair
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • snazzily
  • snazztastic
  • snazz up
  • snazzy
snazztastic etymology {{blend}}.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (rare, informal, neologism) Of or pertaining to the best of its kind. "How are you feeling?" "Snazztastic!" I like your snazztastic new hair cut!
    • 2007, Jane Mendle, Better Off Famous? Truthfully, I was kind of average until my life went from snooze to snazztastic in about sixty seconds.
snazzy etymology Unknown but perhaps a {{blend}}, or from Irish snas . The first documented use of the word was on 30 March 1901 on page 3 of the The Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand. The Reference was to "'Snazzy,' otherwise G.H. Snazelle ." George H. Snazelle was a noted English vocalist, entertainer and actor who was born George Snazel in 1848, and who died in 1912. It is probable that the word was coined to refer to this stylish, well-traveled celebrity of the age. pronunciation
  • /ˈsnæzi/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Elegant in manner of dress; stylish, modern or appealing in appearance; flashy.
    • 2000, Alev Aktar, "TAILOR MADE GOES: Fashion week closes with Calvin, Donna and Vera," New York Daily News, 23 Sep. (retrieved 8 Jan. 2009): One particularly snazzy outfit consisted of vertically striped pants paired with a horizontally striped and sequined top.
  2. (informal) Excellent; clever, ingenious, or adept in behavior, operation, or execution.
    • 1938, Jane Murdock, "Friday Afternoon Dances," Washington Post, 17 Apr., p. PY8: Those Friday afternoon dances in the gym are really snazzy.
    • 2009, Suzanne Choney, "Palm looks to regain place in smartphone race,", 8 Jan (retrieved 8 Jan 2009) : Of those migrating to the iPhone from other devices, a good number of them are former Treo users who found Apple's device to be a souped-up, snazzier and even easier-to-use version of the Treo.
Synonyms: (elegantly dressed, stylish, flashy) dapper, elegant, pizazzy, smart, cool, (excellent, clever, ingenious, adept) cool (informal), nifty (informal), smart
  • (elegantly dressed, stylish, flashy) inelegant, scruffy, sloppy
  • (excellent, clever, ingenious, adept) crappy (coarse slang), duff, lame (informal, especially US), naff (informal), rubbishy (informal)
related terms: {{rel-top3}}
  • snazzily
  • snazziness
  • snazztastic
  • snazz up
sneak away
verb: {{head}}
  1. To leave a place, or a meeting, without being seen or heard I'm going to try to sneak away from work early, if I can.
Synonyms: slide off, slip away, slip off, sneak off
sneakerhead etymology sneaker + head. The birth of sneakerhead culture came in the late 1980s and can be attributed to two major sources: basketball and hip hop music.{{cite web|url=|publisher=The Washington Post|title=Sneakerheads love to show off shoes|accessdate=2008-01-19}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A person who owns multiple pairs of shoes as a form of collection and fashion.
sneakernet etymology sneaker + net. See sneaker running shoe, and Internet.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, informal, humorous) A method of transfer a computer file from one computer to another by copying it to a floppy disk or some other external storage, carrying the disk to the other computer and install it there, in contrast with electronic methods used by networked computers to transfer data.
sneakers pronunciation
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noun: {{en-plural noun}}
  1. (US, Atlantic Canada) plural of sneaker: leisure shoe, often worn for sports; trainers.
  • Keresans
sneak off
verb: {{head}}
  1. To leave a place, or a meeting, without being seen or heard You don't just sneak off without saying goodbye.
Synonyms: slide off, slip away, slip off, sneak away
sneak preview
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An early preview or look at something, especially not yet made public. Their dress rehearsal will be a sneak preview of the show for theater members.
sneap Alternative forms: sneep (obsolete), snape (dialectal), snipe#Etymology 3 etymology From Middle English snaipen, from Old Norse sneypa, from Proto-Germanic *snupaną, *snubaną, of unknown origin. See also snap.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, dialectal) To check; reprove abruptly; reprimand; rebuke; chide. {{rfquotek}}
  2. (transitive, dialectal) To nip; bite; pinch; blast; blight. {{rfquotek}} - King Ferdinand of Navarre; Berowne is like an envious sneaping frost, That bites the first born infants of the spring. - Line 100 from Love's Labour's Lost
  3. (transitive, dialectal) To thwart; offend.
  4. (colloquial) To put someone's nose out of joint; offend. She was sneaped when she wasn't invited to his party.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (obsolete) A reprimand; a rebuke.
    • Shakespeare My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without reply.
  • aspen, Aspen
  • napes
  • neaps
  • panes
  • peans
  • Snape, snape
snedging etymology {{rfe}}
verb: {{head}}
  1. (idiomatic, vulgar, Ireland, Australia) sniffing the saddles of women's bicycles, or seats on which they have been sitting
    • {{quote-news}} And, in a country that's publicly elected a seat-sniffer – a hobby which I believe is known as snedging, if you were wondering about the correct term, which you would've been. [The "seat sniffer" was Troy Buswell, leader of the opposition Liberal Party in Western Australia]
    • {{quote-news}} While it caused scenes of wild mirth in the house, we hope it helps bury the last of those snedging memories.
sneerocracy etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, pejorative) Openly critical and condescending people viewed collectively.
    • 2002, Mark Lawson, "The fall and rise of Jamie", The Guardian, 5 December 2002: While the media sneerocracy only came round to Oliver because of his pro bono project, the huge number of people buying his books and wheeling their Sainsbury's trolleys in his wake had already responded to his charisma.
    • 2010, "Actually, Lembit's in the swim", Belfast Telegraph, 1 December 2010: The sneerocracy, however, are appalled to even countenance that such an uncool character could attract any woman.
    • 2011, Melanie Phillips, "The election of Australia's new PM Tony Abbott is clear evidence that genuine conservative policies can win elections", Daily Mail, 8 September 2013: Only the Cameroons, paralysed as they are by the fashionable prejudices aired at metropolitan dinner tables and the terror of getting on the wrong side of the BBC sneerocracy.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
sneery etymology sneer + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Sneering, supercilious.
sneezer etymology From sneeze + er. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsniːzə/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Someone who sneeze.
  2. (US, slang, dated) Prison.
    • 1940, Raymond Chandler, Farewell, My Lovely, Penguin 2010, p. 200: ‘No cure for lads like you, is there?’ he said. ‘Except to throw you in the sneezer.’
snerk etymology Imitative.
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. (Internet, slang) Expressing amusement; a snicker, or a snort of laughter.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Internet, slang) To snicker or snort with laughter to express amusement.
  • kerns
sniff etymology From Middle English sniffen, of imitative origin. pronunciation
  • /snɪf/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An instance of sniffing. She gave the flowers a quick sniff to check they were real.
  2. A quantity of something that is inhaled through the nose
  3. A brief perception
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (ambitransitive) To make a short, audible inhalation, through the nose, as if to smell something. The dog sniffed around the park, searching for a nice scent. I sniffed the meat to see if it hadn't gone off.
  2. To say something while sniffing, for example in case of illness or unhappiness, or in contempt. "He's never coming back, is he?" she sniffed while looking at a picture of him.
  3. (transitive) To perceive vaguely I can sniff trouble coming from the basement.
  4. To be dismissive or contemptuous of something. This opportunity is not to be sniffed at.
  5. (computing) To intercept and analyse packet of data being transmitted over a network.
  6. (slang, UK) To inhale drugs in powder form (usually cocaine) through the nose.
sniffer etymology sniff + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) One who sniff.
  2. (informal) The nose.
  3. (computing) A mechanism for intercept and log network traffic.
snip pronunciation
  • /snɪp/
  • {{homophones}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To cut with short sharp actions, as with scissors. I don't want you to take much hair off; just snip my mullet off.
  2. To reduce the price of a product, to create a snip.
  3. To break off; to snatch away.
    • Daniel Defoe The captain seldom ordered anything out of the ship's stores … but I snipped some of it for my own share.
  4. (informal) To circumcise.
    • 2001, David Cohen, The Father's Book: Being a Good Dad in the 21st Century, John WIley & Sons Ltd (2001), ISBN 0470841338, page 72: Circumcised fathers face a special problem. Do you want your son's willy to be that radically different from your own? So, parents should perhaps not be put off. Be good to your son's future lovers and have him snipped.
    • 2008, Ilene Schneider, Talk Dirty Yiddish: Beyond Drek: The Curses, Slang, and Street Lingo You Need to Know When You Speak Yiddish, Adams Media (2008), ISBN 9781598698565, page 150: His children, however, were not snipped, possibly because Princess Diana was opposed to the practice, which is out of fashion in England.
    • 2012, Tom Hickman, God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, Square Peg (2012), ISBN 9780224095532, page 144: By the outbreak of the First World War such claims had diminished and the medical profession touted circumcision as being 'hygienic' — fathers were not only encouraged to have their newborn sons snipped, but to belatedly enjoy the benefits themselves.
    • {{seemoreCites}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of snipping; cutting a small amount off of something.
  2. Something acquired for a low price; a bargain. That wholesale lot on eBay was a snip at $10
  3. A small amount of something; a pinch.
  4. (definite, the snip, euphemistic) A vasectomy.
  5. A small or weak person, especially a young one.
    • 2010 — Ellen Renner, Castle of Shadows, Hachette UK, 2010 ISBN 1408313723. 'Might as well come out now, you little snip, from wherever you be hiding!'
  6. (obsolete) A share or portion; a snack. {{rfquotek}}
  7. (obsolete, slang) A tailor. {{rfquotek}} {{rfquotek}}
  • nips
  • pins, PINs
  • PSNI
  • spin
snipe {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /snaɪp/
  • {{rhymes}}
etymology 1 Middle English "type of bird", from Old Norse -snipa, in myrisnipa The verb originated in the 1770s among soldiers in British India where a hunter skilled enough to kill the elusive snipe was dubbed a "sniper".{{cite web|url=|work = Online Etymology Dictionary|title = Snipe|accessdate=2011-04-01}} The term sniper was first attested in 1824 in the sense of the word "sharpshooter".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (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.
    • William Shakespeare, Othello, Act I, scene 3, 390, “For I mine own gained knowledge should profane,/ If I would time expend with such a snipe,/ But for my sport and profit.”, c. 1603
  3. A shot fired from a concealed place.
  4. (naval slang) A member of the engineering department on a ship.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To hunt snipe.
    • “The pleasures of Bay bird shooting should not be spoken of in the same sentence with cocking or sniping.”, The Sportsman's Gazetteer and General Guide: The Game Animals, Bird and Fishes of North America; Their Habits and Various Methods of Capture, Charles Hallock, revised, 1883
  2. (intransitive) To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
  3. (intransitive) (by extension) To shoot with a sniper rifle.
  4. (intransitive) To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment.
  5. (transitive) To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skid.
etymology 2 Probably from snip or a cognate
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) 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 liter, one fourth the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo.
etymology 3 Either from sneap or a figurative development from Etymology 1
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A sharp, clever answer; sarcasm.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
    • 2013 May 23, , "British Leader’s Liberal Turn Sets Off a Rebellion in His Party," New York Times (retrieved 29 May 2013): Capitalizing on the restive mood, Mr. Farage, the U.K. Independence Party leader, took out an advertisement in The Daily Telegraph this week inviting unhappy Tories to defect. In it Mr. Farage sniped that the Cameron government — made up disproportionately of career politicians who graduated from Eton and Oxbridge — was “run by a bunch of college kids, none of whom have ever had a proper job in their lives.”
  • epsin, penis, pines, spine
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Circumcised.
    • 2006, Francesca Segrè, "Girl Meets Goy", The Modern Jewish Girl's Guide to Guilt (ed. Ruth Ellenson), Plume (2006), ISBN 9781101084601, unnumbered page: Kathleen pointed to the area below the belt. "You know, you should be prepared. He's probably not snipped."
    • {{seemoreCites}}
Synonyms: See also .
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of snip
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial, dated) A small, insignificant fellow.
{{Webster 1913}}
snitch etymology Origin uncertain. Perhaps an alteration of snatch, or a dialectal variant of sneak. pronunciation
  • /snɪtʃ/
  • {{audio}}
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To steal, quickly and quietly.
  2. (transitive) To inform on.
  3. (slang, transitive) To contact or cooperate with the police for any reason.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A thief.
  2. An informer, usually one who betrays his group.
  3. {{rft-sense}} (British) A nose.
    • 1897, W.S. Maugham, , chapter 1 'Yah, I wouldn't git a second-'and dress at a pawnbroker's!' 'Garn!' said Liza indignantly. 'I'll swipe yer over the snitch if yer talk ter me. [...] "
    • {{quote-book }}
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Synonyms: (informer) grass, mole, rat, stool pigeon
snit fit Alternative forms: snit-fit
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A tantrum; an excessive display of anger or disapproval. She didn't like his clothes or grammar and pitched a snit fit.
Synonyms: hissy fit, shit fit
snitty etymology snit + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) Agitated or annoyed. There's no point getting snitty about the weather.
snivel pronunciation
  • {{rhymes}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To breathe heavily through the nose; to sniffle.
  2. To whine or complain, whilst crying. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: sniffle, See also
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. the act of snivelling
  2. nasal mucus; snot
  • levins
  • livens
  • Sliven
snizz etymology Unknown origin, perhaps from snatch. Popularized by and often wrongly accredited to the US animated series .
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (vulgar, slang) A vagina.
snob etymology Origin unknown. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /snɒb/
  • {{rhymes}}
noun: {{en-noun}} {{wikipedia}}
  1. (colloquial) A cobbler or shoemaker. {{defdate}}
    • 1929, Frederic Manning, The Middle Parts of Fortune, Vintage 2014, p. 57: The snobs were also kind to him, and gave him a pair of boots which they assured him were of a type and quality reserved entirely for officers […].
  2. (dated) A member of the lower class; a commoner. {{defdate}}
    • 1844, Charles Dickens, Martin Chuzzlewit: 'D'ye know a slap-up sort of button, when you see it?' said the youth. 'Don't look at mine, if you ain't a judge, because these lions' heads was made for men of men of taste: not snobs.'
    • 1913, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Poison Belt: I tell you, sir, that I have a brain of my own, and that I should feel myself to be a snob and a slave if I did not use it.
  3. (informal) A person who wishes to be seen as a member of the upper class and who looks down on those perceived to have inferior or unrefined tastes. {{defdate}}
    • 1958, Arnold Wesker, Roots: If wanting the best things in life means being a snob then glory hallelujah I'm a snob.
coordinate terms:
  • posh
  • social climber
  • bo's'n
  • nobs
snobling etymology snob + ling
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (dated, humorous) A little snob. {{rfquotek}}
{{Webster 1913}}
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Drunk; inebriated.
    • The Compass Rose, Gail Dayton, 2011 , “ 'Sides, Stores won't give us enough to get drunk. Just enough to get pleasantly snockered.”
Synonyms: blitzed, drunk, drunken, ebrious, hammered, pissed, tipsy, wasted, smashed; see also
snog etymology Possibly from the same roots as snug (meaning to lie close) which one has to do for a proper snog. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (British, slang) To kiss passionate.
Synonyms: make out (America), pash (Australia)
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A passionate kiss.
  • gons
  • nogs
  • song
snogfest etymology snog + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A period of intense snog (kiss)
snogger pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) Someone who snog
snollygoster etymology 19th-century American English. Possibly from snallygaster, a mythical beast that preys on poultry and children, possibly from Pennsylvania German schnelle geeschter, from German schnell, quick + geist, spirit.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, obsolete) A shrewd person not guided by principle, especially a politician
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snook {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: snoek pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /snuːk/
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etymology 1 Dutch snoek
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A freshwater and marine fish of the family Centropomidae in the order Perciformes, especially
    1. {{taxlink}}, the common snook.
  2. Any of various other fishes. See {{pedialite}}.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To fish for snook.
etymology 2 From the 19th century. unknown origin, possibly related to snoot or snout. {{rfp}} {{rfphoto}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (UK, pejorative, as a gesture) A disrespectful gesture, performed by placing the tip of a thumb on one's nose with the fingers spread, and typically while wiggling the fingers back and forth.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (obsolete) To sniff out.
  2. (obsolete) To lurk; to lie in ambush.
  • nooks
snookered pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsnuː.kə(ɹ)d/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (snooker, not comparable) In a situation where the cue ball position is such that one cannot directly hit the required object ball.
  2. (informal) In a difficult situation, especially because of the actions of others.
Synonyms: (in a difficult situation) behind the eight-ball
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-past of snooker
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A term of endearment, especially for a child
snoop etymology From Dutch snoepen. Related to Dutch and Low German snappen, Dutch snavel, German Schnabel. More at snap. pronunciation
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To be devious and cunning so as not to be seen.
  2. To secretly spy on or investigate, especially into the private personal life of others. If I had not snooped on her, I wouldn't have found out that she lied about her degree.
related terms:
  • snoop around
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of snooping
  2. One who snoops Be careful what you say around Gene because he's the bosses' snoop.
  3. A private detective She hired a snoop to find out if her husband was having an affair.
  • no-ops
  • spoon
snoot etymology From a Scots cognate of snout.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Nose
  2. (theater) A cylindrical or conical attachment used on a spotlight to restrict spill light.
Synonyms: (nose) schnozz, schnozzola
related terms:
  • snootful
  • snooty
  • ONTOS, Ontos, Soton, toons
snootful {{was wotd}} etymology snoot + ful pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A noseful.
    • 1996, Gary Ferguson, The Yellowstone Wolves: The First Year : Suddenly the Soda Butte animals are getting great snootfuls of scent laid down over the past month by other wolves, which apparently leaves them with a certain longing for their own quiet, unsullied digs far to the northeast...
    • 2002, S. Wishnevsky, Quetzalsong, page 124: It took almost to noon, and quite a bit of slow, careful rolling, and more than a few snootfuls of seawater, but finally he was free.
    • 2009, Steve Berman, So Fey: Queer Fairy Fiction, page 229: Imps see pixies as uppity, giggly snobs, sniffing too many snootfuls of pollen.
  2. (informal) A significant ingest quantity of an alcoholic beverage.
    • 1922, , Right Ho, Jeeves, ch. 13: Only active measures, promptly applied, can provide this poor, pusillanimous poop with the proper pep. And that is why, Jeeves, I intend tomorrow to secure a bottle of gin and lace his luncheon orange juice with it liberally. . . . The truth of the matter being that he is just a plain, ordinary poop and needs a snootful as badly as ever man did.
    • 1963 Nov. 1, "Cartoonists: E's Luv'ly," Time: His bulbous nose glows whenever he has a snootful, which is nearly every night.
    • 1987 May 22, , "Books of the Times" (review of The Paris Edition by Waverley Root), New York Times (retrieved 1 Nov 2011): [H]e recalls most of his colleagues and their rough-and-tumble exploits. Spencer Bull, for instance, who was a good reporter with one weakness . . . "He lost the ability to distinguish between fact and fantasy when he had a snootful."
snooze etymology unknown pronunciation
  • /snuːz/
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verb: {{en-verb}} (intransitive)
  1. (intransitive) To sleep, especially briefly; to nap. The boss caught him snoozing at his desk.
  2. (transitive) To pause; to postpone for a short while.
    • 2003, Ken Slovak, Absolute Beginner's Guide to Microsoft Office Outlook 2003 (page 110) It enables you to dismiss the reminder, dismiss all reminders, open the highlighted item in the Reminder dialog, and snooze the reminder. Snoozing a reminder is similar to hitting the snooze button on an alarm clock…
    • 2007, Sue Mosher, Microsoft Outlook 2007 Programming (page 359) Let's say you want to see all your reminders, but you don't want it to be too easy to snooze the ones for important items.
    • 2011, Dan Gookin, Bill Loguidice, Motorola ATRIX For Dummies (page 40) To snooze the phone, press and release the power button.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A period of sleep; a nap. The cat enjoys taking a snooze on a sunny windowsill.
  2. Something boring. The whole movie was a snooze.
Synonyms: See also
snoozefest etymology snooze + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An extremely boring event.
Synonyms: snore, snore-fest
snoozetime etymology snooze + time
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) The time when one snooze or sleep.
Synonyms: naptime
snorasaurus etymology snore + saurus
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous, mildly pejorative) A loud or persistent snorer.
    • 1999, November 27, ginaem [username], Re: thanksgiving without my girl,,, “And yes, I was just thinking last night that I don't know what I'd give to hear him snore once more. He was quiet the snorasaurus~!”
    • 2007, David Leonhardt, 9 Habits of Happiness, Inkstone Digital (2007), ISBN 9780980625998, page 135: There might be no magic wand or secret to happiness, but there is David's Incredible Time Machine to help you give the cold shoulder to all those trivial, pesky annoyances of daily life. You know the ones. The rabid driver who tries to run you down. {{…}} The movie theatre snorasaurus.
    • 2012, Maria Jiunta Heck, "Sleep, where art thou?", The Sundary Dispatch, 10 June 2012: I'm lying in bed, unable to sleep. It's 2:00 a.m. and I've just grabbed my laptop in order to utilize this deadzone of time more effectively. Why can't I sleep? WHY? The Snorasaurus reclining next to me, without a stinking care in the world is the most likely culprit.
snore etymology From Middle English snoren, from Proto-Germanic *snarkjaną, compare Middle Low German snorren, Dutch snorren pronunciation
  • (UK) /snɔː/
  • (US) /snɔːɹ/
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To breathe during sleep with harsh, snort noise caused by vibration of the soft palate.
Synonyms: saw wood
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The act of snoring, and the noise produced.
  2. (informal) An extremely boring person or event.
Synonyms: snoozefest (2), snorefest (2)
  • Norse, noser, Rosen
snore-fest etymology snore + fest
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An extremely boring event.
    • 2008 December, Paul Kemp, The Daddy Diaries, Strategic Book Publishing, ISBN 1606932330, page 101: I’ll watch just about any game, except for ones that the Arizona Cardinals play, and I only have to dodge eight of those a year. They’re the only team that can turn an otherwise exciting game into a snore-fest.
    • 2008 December, Kent Krause, The All-American King, iUniverse, ISBN 1440111294, page 101: “this sweet ride takes out some of the sting of having to waste the day at some snore-fest graduation ceremony.”
    • 2010 August, Mark Morris, Doctor Who, Forever Autumn, Random House, ISBN 1409073319, page 110: Right, she decided, breakfast. After the torture of last night’s snore-fest she deserved the full works — bacon, sausage, eggs, beans, hash browns, toast, marmalade... and lots and lots of caffeine.
Synonyms: snoozefest, snore
snort etymology From Middle English snorten, an onomatopoeic variant of Middle English snoren, from Proto-Germanic *snarkjaną pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The sound made by exhaling or inhaling roughly through the nose.
  2. (slang) A dose of a drug to be snorted. Here, "drug" includes snuff (i.e., pulverized tobacco). A snort also may be a drink of whiskey, as "Let's have a snort".
  3. (slang) An alcoholic drink.
    • 1951, Indiana Historical Society Publications (volumes 16-17, page 157) Everybody tipped up the jug and took a snort of whisky and followed it with a gourd of cool water. We thought a snort of whisky now and then braced us up some and put a little more lift in us.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To make a snort; to exhale roughly through the nose. She snorted with laughter.
  2. (transitive, slang) To inhale (usually a drug) through the nose. to snort cocaine
  3. (intransitive, obsolete) To snore.
    • Shakespeare The snorting citizens.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who snort.
  2. (informal) something that is extraordinary or remarkable The batsman succumbed to a snorter of short balls from the bowler and nicked a thin edge to the keeper.
  3. (UK, informal) something that is extremely difficult The maths problem is a real snorter, isn't it?
snortle etymology {{blend}}
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (slang) A hearty laugh that is punctuated by a snort on the inhale. Brooke looked quite elegant in her gown until she snortled and champagne came out of her nose.
Although used sparingly in literature, it has become part of the lexicon of chat room descriptors that are used to describe physical actions to the person they are communicating with. The most common form is by a female to describe a personal reaction of extreme laughter to the point of embarrassment.
snot etymology From Middle English snot, from Old English ġesnot, from the same base as snout. pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /snɒt/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, uncountable) Mucus, especially mucus from the nose.
  2. (slang, countable) Contemptible child. - You are a snot! You are a snot! - No I'm not!
Synonyms: booger (US)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To blow, wipe, or clear (the nose).
  • NOTs
  • tons
snotbag etymology snot + bag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
snotball etymology snot + ball
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A ball of mucus ejected from the mouth.
    • 2002, Joseph C. Becker III, Eric A. Zilli, Twilight: The Waning Days of Youth (page 6) Without turning, Mike bent his head down just in time to avoid a huge snotball meant for his skull. Instead, a freshman a few feet away was the recipient of the unwholesome mucous present.
    • 2006, Brad Bauer, Hitting in the Clutch (page 69) Fischer sees it and gets red in the face, then hawks up a snotball and spits at my cleat. It hits dead on, and I shove him on the bench. He shoves me back, and I stand up.
  2. A term of abuse.
    • 2007, Doug Lambeth, Itchy Donner (page 160) Don't it bother you that Jason Bent and those other little snotballs treat him like a doormat?
Synonyms: loogie, {{ws}}
snotbox etymology snot + box
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) The nose.
snotface etymology snot + face
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
snothead etymology snot + head
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A term of abuse.
Synonyms: {{ws}}
Snotley etymology snot + -ley, a suffix used in several popular names, including Ashley and Bradley, from {{etym}} leah.
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (slang, pejorative) Used as a generic name for an ill-behaved or spoiled child.
Synonyms: Bratley
snotlike etymology snot + like
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Resembling snot; gooey.
    • 2007, Jeff Goodell, Big Coal: The Dirty Secret Behind America's Energy Future For instance, when sodium is burned, it becomes a snotlike goo that fouls boiler tubes and drives engineers nuts.
Synonyms: snotty
snotrag etymology snot + rag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, vulgar) A handkerchief.
    • 1983, Stephen King, Christine … he had this great big old man's snotrag out and his head was down and he was wiping his eyes with it.
  2. (slang, derogatory) Term of abuse.
snot rag
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) A handkerchief.
snot rocket
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, indelicate) A jet of mucus deliberately expelled from one's nostril.
    • 1995, "Keep That Soul Out Of Your Eyes", , February 18: Today's worshiper of Beavis and Butthead would tie the handkerchief around his head, put a finger to the side of his nose and launch a snot rocket. Cool.
    • 2005, , From Charlie's Point of View: The bully is firing snot rockets. He holds his head back and blocks one nostril with his finger, blowing out the other one. Small hard gobs of mucus are flying around him.
    • 2008, Runners World, Vol. 43 No. 9, September: Yes, sometimes the fastest thing running is your nose. But please, focus on where you aim your snot rocket, or your spit.
snotsicle etymology {{blend}}, or snot + sicle.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A solidly frozen trail of mucus from the nose.
    • 2007, Rob Story, "Pain Season", Skiing, October 2007, page 42: I gathered the photo of Dan Withey's 40-yard Wasatch contrail, the vintage travel poster of a jaunty Brit taking trains to the Alps, and a 1979 magazine cover of a bearded dude dangling a two-inch frozen snotsicle, and stuffed them in a closet.
    • 2010, Michael Engelhard, "Biking Cool", in Cold Flashes: Literary Snapshots of Alaska (ed. Michael Engelhard), University of Alaska Press (2010), ISBN 9781602230941, page 97: With our snotsicles and waxy cheeks, our breaths' plumes and hulking silhouettes, we may look like members of Scott's last expedition.
    • 2011, Greg Wright, Daddy Dates: Four Daughters, One Clueless Dad, and His Quest to Win Their Hearts: The Road Map for Any Dad to Raise a Strong and Confident Daughter, Thomas Nelson (2011), ISBN 9781595553997, page 188: "Got it. Here's the deal. Go take a shower. Not a hot one, but not chilly enough to give you a snotsicle. Nobody wants to see that."
snotwad etymology snot + wad
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) mucal wad
  2. A term of abuse.
Synonyms: (term of abuse) {{ws}}
snout etymology Of gem origin; probably from gml or Middle Dutch snute. Compare Saterland Frisian Snuute, Dutch snuit, German Schnauze. pronunciation
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. The long, projecting nose, mouth, and jaw of a beast, as of pigs. The pig rooted around in the dirt with its snout.
  2. The front of the prow of a ship or boat. {{defdate}}{{R:COED2|page=1811}}
    • 1944, Cecil Street , [ The Three Corpse Trick], chapter 5 , “The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.”
  3. (derogatory) A person's nose. His glasses kept slipping further down onto his prominent snout. {{rfquotek}}
  4. The nozzle of a pipe, hose, etc. If you place the snout right into the bucket, it won't spray as much.
  5. The anterior prolongation of the head of a gastropod; a rostrum.
  6. The anterior prolongation of the head of weevils and allied beetles; a rostrum.
  7. (British, slang) Tobacco; cigarette.
    • 1967, Len Deighton, Only When I Laugh (Bob, p. 55:) Charlie was the most vicious screw on the block ... He caught me with the two ounces of snout right in my hand, caught me by the hair, and swung me round in the exercise yard ... (Spider, p. 175:) She brings me snout and sweets, and sometimes a cake from Mum.
    • 1982, Edward Bond, Saved LIZ. I only got one left. / FRED (calls). Get us some snout. / MIKE. Five or ten?
    • 2000, Joe Randolph Ackerley, P N Furbank, We Think the World of You Also he was "doing his nut" for some "snout." I said I would provide cigarettes.
    • 2004, Allan Sillitoe, New and Collected Stories Raymond rolled a neat cigarette. "What about some snout, then?" "No, thanks." He laughed. Smoke drifted from his open mouth.
  8. The terminus of a glacier.
  9. (slang) A police informer.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To furnish with a nozzle or point.
  • nutso
snow {{wikipedia}}
etymology 1 From Middle English snow, snaw, from Old English snāw, from Proto-Germanic *snaiwaz, from Proto-Indo-European *snóygʷʰos. Cognate with Scots snaw, Western Frisian snie, Dutch sneeuw, German Schnee, Danish sne, Norwegian snø, Swedish snö, Icelandic snjór, Latin nix, Russian снег 〈sneg〉, Armenian ձյուն 〈jyun〉, Ancient Greek νίφα 〈nípha〉, dialectal Albanian nehë. Also, from the same Indo-European root *sneygʷʰ- comes English snew. pronunciation
  • (UK) {{enPR}}, /snəʊ/, [snəʊ̯]
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /snoʊ/, [snoʊ̯]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (uncountable) The frozen, crystalline state of water that falls as precipitation.
    • 1928, A. A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner, The wind had dropped, and the snow, tired of rushing around in circles trying to catch itself up, now fluttered gently down until it found a place on which to rest.
  2. (uncountable) Any similar frozen form of a gas or liquid.
    • 2008, Neal Asher, "Alien Archaeology" Clad in a coldsuit Jael trudged through a thin layer of CO2 snow ...
  3. (uncountable) A shade of the color white. {{color panel}}
  4. (uncountable) The area of frequency on a television which has no programmes broadcast in analogue sets, the image is created by the Electrical noise.
  5. (uncountable, slang) Cocaine.
  6. (countable) A snowfall; a blanket of frozen, crystalline water. We have had several heavy snows this year.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (impersonal) To have snow fall from the sky. It is snowing. It started to snow.
  2. (colloquial) To hoodwink someone, especially by presenting confusing information.
  3. (poker) To bluff in draw poker by refusing to draw any cards.
etymology 2 From Low German Snaue, or Dutch snaauw, from Low German Snau.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (nautical) A square-rigged vessel, differing from a brig only in that she has a trysail mast close abaft the mainmast, on which a large trysail is hoisted.
{{Webster 1913}}
  • nows, owns, sown, wons
snowball's chance in hell
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (idiomatic, slang) Little or no likelihood of occurrence or success. That small boat has a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the hurricane.
Often, the expression is used in the negative for even more emphasis (implying that the referent has even less chance of success than a snowball in hell). That small boat doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of surviving the hurricane.
snowbilly etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (derogatory, slang) A person from rural northern Canada or Alaska
snowbird etymology snow + bird pronunciation
  • (RP) /ˈsnəʊbɜːd/
  • (US) /ˈsnoʊbɝːd/
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A bird, Junco hyemalis, the dark-eyed junco.
  2. A bird seen primarily in the winter time.
  3. The snow bunting (Plectrophenax nivalis).
  4. A person, usually one who is retired, who travels from a cold climate to a warmer one in the winter.
  5. (slang) A cocaine user.
snow bunny
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young attractive female skier
  2. (AAVE, slang, derogatory, ethnic slur) A white woman.
    • 2007, Chuck Smith, Best Black Plays (page 99) MARY: If they was real black men, they wouldn't be up in that white club looking for some snow bunnies!
    • 2010, James W. Lewis, Sellout (page 107) “So, snow bunny, what should black women do? How do we...oh, how do I say this... cure our brothas of this widespread, pasty disease?” I didn't reply. Again, I tried to step away. Again, she grabbed my arm.
  3. A woman who loves to play in the snow.
snowdrop etymology From snow + drop. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsnəʊ.drɒp/
  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈsnoʊ.drɑp/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any of the 20 species of the genus Galanthus of the Amaryllidaceae, bulbous flower plant, bearing a solitary, pendulous, white, bell-shaped flower that appears, depending on species, between autumn and late winter or early spring, all native to temperate Eurasia
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (Australia, slang) To steal clothing (especially women's underwear) from a clothesline.
snowflake {{wikipedia}} {{wikispecies}} Alternative forms: snow-flake“[ snowflake]” listed in the '''Oxford English Dictionary''' [2<sup>nd</sup> Ed.; 1989] etymology From snow + flake. Compare Saterland Frisian Sneeflokke. pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /ˈsnəʊ.fleɪk/,
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A crystal of snow, having approximate hexagonal symmetry.
  2. Any of several bulbous European plant, of the genus {{taxlink}}, having white flowers.
  3. The snow bunting, {{taxlink}}.
  4. (slang, usually, sarcastic) A person who is unique and special (referring to the idea that no two snowflakes are identical in structure). Well, aren't you a special snowflake?
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (computing, databases) To arrange (data) into a snowflake schema.
snowflaky etymology snowflake + y
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (informal) snowflakelike
snowkid etymology snow + kid
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A snowman representing a child.
    • 2011, Janette Oke, Davis Bunn, Another Homecoming They rolled up a portly daddy snowman and a smiling snowmom, then made eleven snowkids, from a nine-foot basketball player down to a snowbaby only six inches tall.
    • 2012, George Groves Jr, Eden... Closed Winter grew fearsome, forcing the couple to stick close to the cave with nothing but menial chores to occupy their time. To break the tedium, they built snowmen and snowwomen, and snowkids.
snow leopard
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. a large feline mammal, Uncia uncia, native to mountain range of central Asia
    • Note: Taxonomy was once Panthera uncia.
Synonyms: ounce, snowmeow (slang)
Snowmageddon Alternative forms: snow-mageddon, snowmageddon etymology snow + mageddon
proper noun: {{en-proper noun}}
  1. (informal) A severe blizzard or series of blizzards affecting one locale.
    • {{quote-news}}
    • 2008, Chris Wright, Winter Blast‎: Unfortunately, their peaceful existence would soon be disturbed by a new villain. More evil and twice as despicable, Snowmageddon had come to town.
    • 2010 Rose A. Valenta, Sitting on Cold Porcelain, Xlibris Corporation, ISBN 1450044190, page 17: It was Super Bowl 44 Sunday. Snowmageddon was upon us like “The Day After Tomorrow.”
    • 2010 February 6, “‘Snowmageddon’ brings Washington to a standstill”, The Guardian
Synonyms: blizzaster, snowpocalypse
snowmageddon etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, meteorology, slang) an extreme blizzard event
Synonyms: snowpocalypse
  • blizzard
  • snow storm
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) alternative form of Snowmageddon
    • {{quote-news}}
snowman {{wikipedia}} etymology From snow + man. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈsnəʊ.mæn/
  • (US) /ˈsnoʊ.mæn/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A humanoid figure made with large snowball stack on each other. Human traits like a face and arms may be fashioned with sticks (arms), a carrot (nose), and stones or coal (eyes, mouth).
  2. (slang) A playing card with the rank of nine.
  3. (golf) A score of eight on a single hole.
  4. (idiomatic) An attractive but heartless man (similar to ice queen).
    • 1961, in the song "The Great Snowman" A few years ago there lived a lover By the name of Jimmy Jones Who really snowed the girls and left them cold And gained the title of 'The Great Snowman'.
  • snowwoman
  • snow figure, snowperson
related terms:
  • snow angel
snowmeow Alternative forms: snow meow, snowmew, snow mew etymology snow + meow
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  1. (slang, chiefly, Internet) A snow leopard, Panthera uncia.
    • 1995, Tobias Köhler, in alt.cuddle *cool* cuddles from thys snowmeow *purrpurr* (title)
    • 1996, Elisabeth B. Shaw, in Awww...I can't be a Canadian snowmeow... :(
    • 1997, Dale Farmer, in I have a friend whose white Volvo bears the plate SNOLPRD (pronounced "SnowMeow"), I have never done the vanity plate thing myself tho.
    • 1998, Tephra Adularia, in After recovering from laughing so hard she fell out of her chair, Teph gives the snowmeow a thumbs up.
    • 2002, Jarrod Henry, in That's how a french canadian snowleopard meows. [...] Not that I am a french canadian snowmeow or anything.. I'm just your prototypical Tennessee snowmeow..
    • 2003, Elizabeth A. Johnson, in I should've been born a snowmeow.
    • 2008, Moonspell, in p2pgr Snow leopard is a snowmeow.
snowologist etymology snow + ologist
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  1. (usually, humorous) A person who studies the snow, or is an expert on snow-related matters.
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snow on the mountaintop Alternative forms: snow on the mountain, snow on the mountain top
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  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, often, humorous) Gray or white hair on one's head, especially as an indication of aging.
Synonyms: snow on the rooftop
snow on the rooftop Alternative forms: snow on the roof, snow on the roof top
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  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, often, humorous) Gray or white hair on one's head, especially as an indication of aging.
Synonyms: snow on the mountaintop
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  1. (informal) plural of snowperson
snowpocalypse etymology {{blend}}.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) An unusually severe blizzard or series of blizzards.
    • 2012, Marilyn Wolf, "Preface", in Computers as Components: Principles of Embedded Computing System Design, Morgan Kaufmann (2012), ISBN 9780123884428, page xxiii: I'd also like to thank the Atlanta Snowpocalypse of 2011 for giving me a large block of uninterrupted writing time.
    • 2014, Karen Gaudette Brewer, Seafood Lover's Pacific Northwest: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions, Globe Pequot (2014), ISBN 9781493015269, page 5: The “snowpocalypse” of 2008 paralyzed hilly Seattle in part due to reluctance to salt the roads for fear of harming Puget Sound and nearby streams, though it turned out that sanding the roads can also be harmful.
    • 2015, Julia London, One Mad Night, Sourcebooks Casablanca (2015), ISBN 9781492602064, unnumbered page: “It's a snowpocalypse out there, folks,” said the newscaster in the studio.
Synonyms: blizzaster, Snowmageddon
snowshoe {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈsnoʊʃu/
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A flat item of footwear worn to facilitate walking in deep snow.
Synonyms: web (informal)
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (intransitive) To travel using snowshoes.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. As white as snow; exceptional white.
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  1. (offensive, slang) A Caucasian person, especially a woman
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  1. (nonstandard, humorous) form of Alternative past tense.
    • 1957, S. Lee Crump, Boys' Life - Aug 1957 - Page 62: I sneezed a sneeze into the air; / It fell to earth I know not where. / But hard and cold were the looks of those / In whose vicinity I snoze.
    • 1988, Vera Crouch Erickson, Ampersandia: this and that and other things: The temperature was below freezing. Maybe that's why I snoze and coughed so much. I have snozen all day.
  • zones
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  1. (nonstandard, humorous) form of Alternative past participle.
    • 1988, Vera Crouch Erickson, Ampersandia: this and that and other things: The temperature was below freezing. Maybe that's why I snoze and coughed so much. I have snozen all day.
    • 1884, The Cambridge review - Page 330: Similarly of sneezes. Why has all the world agreed to laugh at the victims of sternutation. That it has is undeniable. Think of the epitaph — " SNOZEN TO DEATH."
snuff {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /snʌf/
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etymology 1 Related to sniff. Cognate to Dutch snuffen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Finely ground or pulverize tobacco intended for use by being sniff or snort into the nose.
  2. Fine-ground or mince tobacco, dry or moisten, intended for use by placing a pinch behind the lip or beneath the tongue; see also snus.
    • 1896, Universal Dictionary of the English Language: Dry snuffs are often adulterated with quicklime, and moist snuffs, as rappee, with ammonia, hellebore, pearl-ash, etc.
  3. A snort or sniff of fine-ground, powdered, or pulverized tobacco.
  4. The act of brisk inhaling by the nose; a sniff, a snort.
  5. Resentment or skepticism expressed by quickly drawing air through the nose; snuffling; sniffling.
  6. (obsolete) Snot, mucus.
  7. (obsolete) Smell, scent, odour.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To inhale through the nose.
    • Dryden He snuffs the wind, his heels the sand excite.
    • {{RQ:Orwell Animal Farm}} Napoleon paced to and fro in silence, occasionally snuffing at the ground.
  2. To turn up the nose and inhale air, as an expression of contempt; hence, to take offence.
    • Bishop Hall Do the enemies of the church rage and snuff?
etymology 2 Origin uncertain.
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  1. The burning part of a candle wick, or the black, burnt remains of a wick (which has to be periodically removed).
    • {{RQ:RBrtn AntmyMlncly}}, II.3.3: his memory stinks like the snuff of a candle when it is put out […].
    • Jonathan Swift If the burning snuff happens to get out of the snuffers, you have a chance that it may fall into a dish of soup.
  2. (obsolete) Leavings in a glass after drinking; heel-taps.
  3. (attributive) Pertaining to a form of pornographic film which involves someone's actually being murdered.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To extinguish a candle or oil-lamp flame by covering the burning end of the wick until the flame is suffocate.
  2. (obsolete) To trim the burnt part of a candle wick.
    • 1817, , Northanger Abbey, : The dimness of the light her candle emitted made her turn to it in alarm; but there was no danger of its sudden extinction, it had yet some hours to burn; and that she might not have any greater difficulty in distinguishing the writing than what its ancient date might occasion, she hastily snuffed it. Alas! it was snuffed and extinguished in one.
  3. (slang) To kill a person; to snuff out.
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  1. (pejorative, ethnic slur) A person of mixed racial heritage.
    • 1883, , The Captains' Room etc., chapter 1 The Message of the Mute, page 18: Your sweetheart fell in love with you in the Port of London, and presently afterwards with another pretty woman in the Port of Calcutta, which is generally the way with poor Tom Bowling. She was a snuff-and-butter, because at Calcutta they are as plenty as blackberries; and when young, snuff-and-butter is not to be despised, having bright eyes; …
    • 1921, , , chapter 8 Pursuit: In the event of the beasts failing us, we took also ten of the best of those Strathmuir men who had accompanied us on the sea-cow trip, to serve as bearers when it became necessary. It cannot be said that these snuff-and-butter fellows—for most, if not all of them had some dash of white blood in their veins—were exactly willing volunteers. Indeed, if a choice had been left to them, they would, I think, have declined this adventure.
    • 1924, , In An Unknown Land, chapter 1, page 14: They form a shouting, gesticulating, chaffering, laughing, quarrelling, noisy throng, their skins varying from lightest olive through snuff and butter and café-au-lait to coal-black, their bright-coloured clothes making a constantly changing kaleidoscope around the market square.
snuff it
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  1. (euphemistic, colloquial) to die. That cat must have been twenty years old when he finally snuffed it.
    • 1975, Monty Python, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Python (Monty) Pictures Limited Once the number three, being the third number, be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in my sight, shall snuff it.
Synonyms: See also
snug as a bug in a rug
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  1. (simile, colloquial) Very cosy and comfortable.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (US, slang) A wedgie
  2. alternative form of Snuggie
    • 2010, Sharon S. Hart, Becoming Part of the Ribbon The night ended with my mom bringing over a snuggie that she had made out of the breast cancer ribbon fabric.

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