from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Derogatory in a malicious, superior way.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sharp.
  • adj. Characterised by low cunning and sharp practise.
  • adj. Disparaging or derisive in an insinuative way.
  • adj. Tricky; deceptive; false; spurious; contemptible.
  • n. An underhanded, tricky person given to sharp practise; a sharper; a beat.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Tricky; deceptive; contemptible
  • adj. derogatory in an insinuating manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sharp; characterized by low cunning and sharp practice; tricky; also, false; spurious.
  • n. An underhanded, tricky person given to sharp practice; a sharper: a beat.
  • n. A spurious object; a humbug; a fake; something designed to cheat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. expressive of contempt


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier snithe ("sharp, cutting"), from Middle English snith ("sharp"), from Middle English snithen ("to cut"), from Old English snīþan ("to cut, make an incision"), from Proto-Germanic *snīþanan (“to cut”), from Proto-Indo-European *sneyt- (“to cut”). More at snithe. (Wiktionary)



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  • *gigglesnort*

    October 19, 2008

  • No. Words can have but one meaning.

    October 18, 2008

  • could this also mean cutting; sarcastic? as in "she answered with yet another snide remark"

    October 18, 2008

  • British slang - counterfeit.

    October 4, 2008