Also found in: Thesaurus, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
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).]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
a. the action of attacking a person or persons with a rifle from a place of concealment
b. (as modifier): a sniping incident.
2. the act of adversely criticizing a person or persons from a position of security
3. (Hunting) the activity of hunting or shooting snipe
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014