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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (intransitive)


Noun snipe has 2 senses

Verb snipe has 3 senses


snipen. [OE. snipe; akin to D. snep, snip, LG. sneppe, snippe, G. schnepfe, Icel. snīpa (in comp.), Dan. sneppe, Sw. snäppa a sanpiper, and possibly to E. snap. See Snap, Snaffle.].
  •  Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidæ, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.  [1913 Webster]
    " The common, or whole, snipe (Gallinago c) 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."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A fool; a blockhead.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
Half snipe, the dunlin; the jacksnipe. -- Jack snipe. See Jacksnipe. -- Quail snipe. See under Quail. -- Robin snipe, the knot. -- Sea snipe. See in the Vocabulary. -- Shore snipe, any sandpiper. -- Snipe hawk, the marsh harrier. [Prov. Eng.] -- 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.
snipev. i. 
  •  To shoot or hunt snipe.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  To shoot at detached men of an enemy's forces at long range, esp. when not in action; -- often with at.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
snipe at, to aim petty or snide criticisms at (a person) in his absence.
snipev. t. 
  •  To shoot at (detached men of an enemy's force) at long range, esp. when not in action.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]
  •  To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skidding.  [Webster 1913 Suppl.]


snipe, n. & v.
--n. (pl. same or snipes) any of various wading birds, esp. of the genus Gallinago, with a long straight bill and frequenting marshes.
1 intr. fire shots from hiding usu. at long range.
2 tr. kill by sniping.
3 intr. (foll. by at) make a sly critical attack.
4 intr. go snipe-shooting.

snipe eel any eel of the family Nemichthyidae, having a long slender snout. snipe fish any marine fish of the family Macrorhamphosidae, with a long slender snout.
sniper n.
ME, prob. f. Scand.: cf. Icel. m|risn{iacute}pa, & MDu., MLG snippe, OHG snepfa



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