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snipe

 (snīp)
n.
1. pl. snipe or snipes Any of various long-billed shorebirds of the family Scolopacidae, especially the widely distributed species Gallinago gallinago.
2. A shot, especially a gunshot, from a concealed place.
intr.v. sniped, snip·ing, snipes
1. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
2. To shoot snipe.
3. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.

[Middle English, probably from Old Norse -snīpa (as in mȳrisnīpa, marsh snipe).]

snipe

(snaɪp)
n, pl snipe or snipes
1. (Animals) any of various birds of the genus Gallinago (or Capella) and related genera, such as G. gallinago (common or Wilson's snipe), of marshes and river banks, having a long straight bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
2. (Animals) any of various similar related birds, such as certain sandpipers and curlews
3. (Firearms, Gunnery, Ordnance & Artillery) a shot, esp a gunshot, fired from a place of concealment
vb
4. (Military) (when: intr, often foll by at) to attack (a person or persons) with a rifle from a place of concealment
5. (often foll by: at) to criticize adversely a person or persons from a position of security
6. (Hunting) (intr) to hunt or shoot snipe
[C14: from Old Norse snīpa; related to Old High German snepfa Middle Dutch snippe]
ˈsnipeˌlike adj

snipe

(snaɪp)

n., pl. snipes, (esp. collectively) snipe for 1,2; n.
1. any of several long-billed sandpipers of the genera Gallinago and Limnocryptes, inhabiting marshy areas, as G. gallinago of Eurasia and North America.
2. a shot from a hidden position.
v.i.
3. to shoot or hunt snipe.
4. to shoot at individuals, esp. enemy soldiers, from a concealed or distant position.
5. to attack a person or a person's work with petulant or snide criticism, esp. anonymously or from a safe distance.
[1275–1325; Middle English snype (n.) < Old Norse -snīpa (in mȳrisnīpa moor snipe)]

snipe


Past participle: sniped
Gerund: sniping

Imperative
snipe
snipe
Present
I snipe
you snipe
he/she/it snipes
we snipe
you snipe
they snipe
Preterite
I sniped
you sniped
he/she/it sniped
we sniped
you sniped
they sniped
Present Continuous
I am sniping
you are sniping
he/she/it is sniping
we are sniping
you are sniping
they are sniping
Present Perfect
I have sniped
you have sniped
he/she/it has sniped
we have sniped
you have sniped
they have sniped
Past Continuous
I was sniping
you were sniping
he/she/it was sniping
we were sniping
you were sniping
they were sniping
Past Perfect
I had sniped
you had sniped
he/she/it had sniped
we had sniped
you had sniped
they had sniped
Future
I will snipe
you will snipe
he/she/it will snipe
we will snipe
you will snipe
they will snipe
Future Perfect
I will have sniped
you will have sniped
he/she/it will have sniped
we will have sniped
you will have sniped
they will have sniped
Future Continuous
I will be sniping
you will be sniping
he/she/it will be sniping
we will be sniping
you will be sniping
they will be sniping
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sniping
you have been sniping
he/she/it has been sniping
we have been sniping
you have been sniping
they have been sniping
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sniping
you will have been sniping
he/she/it will have been sniping
we will have been sniping
you will have been sniping
they will have been sniping
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sniping
you had been sniping
he/she/it had been sniping
we had been sniping
you had been sniping
they had been sniping
Conditional
I would snipe
you would snipe
he/she/it would snipe
we would snipe
you would snipe
they would snipe
Past Conditional
I would have sniped
you would have sniped
he/she/it would have sniped
we would have sniped
you would have sniped
they would have sniped
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.snipe - Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper familysnipe - Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
limicoline bird, shore bird, shorebird - any of numerous wading birds that frequent mostly seashores and estuaries
Gallinago gallinago, whole snipe - common snipe of Eurasia and Africa
Gallinago media, great snipe, woodcock snipe - Old World snipe larger and darker than the whole snipe
half snipe, jacksnipe, Limnocryptes minima - a small short-billed Old World snipe
dowitcher - shorebird of the sandpiper family that resembles a snipe
wisp - a flock of snipe
2.snipe - a gunshot from a concealed location
gunfire, gunshot - the act of shooting a gun; "the gunfire endangered innocent bystanders"; "they retreated in the face of withering enemy fire"
Verb1.snipe - hunt or shoot snipe
hunt, hunt down, track down, run - pursue for food or sport (as of wild animals); "Goering often hunted wild boars in Poland"; "The dogs are running deer"; "The Duke hunted in these woods"
2.snipe - aim and shoot with great precision
shoot, blast - fire a shot; "the gunman blasted away"
3.snipe - attack in speech or writingsnipe - attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker"
criticise, criticize, pick apart, knock - find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws; "The paper criticized the new movie"; "Don't knock the food--it's free"
blackguard, clapperclaw, abuse, shout - use foul or abusive language towards; "The actress abused the policeman who gave her a parking ticket"; "The angry mother shouted at the teacher"
claw - attack as if with claws; "The politician clawed his rival"
vitriol - subject to bitter verbal abuse
rip - criticize or abuse strongly and violently; "The candidate ripped into his opponent mercilessly"
whang - attack forcefully; "whang away at the school reform plan"
barrage, bombard - address with continuously or persistently, as if with a barrage; "The speaker was barraged by an angry audience"; "The governor was bombarded with requests to grant a pardon to the convicted killer"
scald, blister, whip - subject to harsh criticism; "The Senator blistered the administration in his speech on Friday"; "the professor scaled the students"; "your invectives scorched the community"
rubbish - attack strongly

snipe

1
verb
1. criticize, knock (informal), put down, carp, bitch, have a go (at) (informal), jeer, denigrate, disparage, flame (informal) She kept sniping at her husband all through dinner.
2. shoot at, open fire on, hit at, blast at (slang) Gunmen have reportedly sniped at army positions.

snipe

2 noun
Related words
collective nouns walk, wisp
Translations
يَقْنُص، يُطْلِقُ النّار من مَخْبأ
střílet z krytu
snigskyde
orvlövésszalonka
skjóta á úr leyni
šaudyti iš už priedangos/iš pasalųsnaiperistilvikas
šaut no slēpņa

snipe

[snaɪp]
A. N (= bird) → agachadiza f
B. VI to snipe at sb (lit) → disparar a algn desde un escondite
to snipe at one's criticsresponder ante las críticas
he was really sniping at the Ministeren realidad sus ataques iban dirigidos contra el Ministro

snipe

[ˈsnaɪp]
vi
(= criticize) → critiquer
to snipe at sb → critiquer qn
to snipe at sb/sth → tirer sur qn/qch sans se faire voir
n (= bird) → bécassine f

snipe

n pl <-> (Orn) → Schnepfe f
vi to snipe at somebody (lit, fig)aus dem Hinterhalt auf jdn schießen

snipe

[snaɪp]
1. n pl inv (bird) → beccaccino
2. vi to snipe at sbsparare a qn da un nascondiglio (fig) → lanciare frecciatine a qn

snipe

(snaip) : snipe at
to shoot at (someone) from a hidden position. The rebels were sniping at the government troops.
ˈsniper noun
The soldier was shot by a sniper.
References in classic literature ?
His head was small, and flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes, and a long snipe nose, so that it looked like a weather-cock perched upon his spindle neck to tell which way the wind blew.
Mulcahy groaned and buried his head in his arms till a stray shot spoke like a snipe immediately above his head, and a general heave and tremour rippled the line.
Fox and woodchuck, hawk and snipe and bittern, when nearly seen, have no more root in the deep world than man, and are just such superficial tenants of the globe.
Ere long, he returned with half a dozen wild ducks and a kind of snipe, which Joe served up in his best style.
A few fireflies flitted by us; and the solitary snipe, as it rose, uttered its plaintive cry.
There must be snipe too," he thought, and just as he reached the turning homewards he met the forest keeper, who confirmed his theory about the snipe.
This part of the country was too settled for large game, but Billy kept Saxon supplied with squirrels and quail, cottontails and jackrabbits, snipe and wild ducks.
The Honourable Wilmot Snipe, and other distinguished gentlemen crowded to render homage to the Misses Clubber; and Sir Thomas Clubber stood bolt upright, and looked majestically over his black kerchief at the assembled company.
The country abounded with aquatic and land birds, such as swans, wild geese, brant, ducks of almost every description, pelicans, herons, gulls, snipes, curlews, eagles, vultures, crows, ravens, magpies, woodpeckers, pigeons, partridges, pheasants, grouse, and a great variety of singing birds.
If for Snipes, then our ape friend is a friend indeed.
This man, Snipes, had assumed the role of chief since he had killed their former leader, and so little time had elapsed that none of his companions had as yet questioned his authority.
John, bringing home winged game, another hares or rabbits, and another hunting on marshy ground and almost nightly catching woodcocks or snipes.