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

  • n. Any of various long-billed shore birds of the genus Gallinago or Capella, related to the woodcocks and sandpipers, especially the common, widely distributed species G. gallinago or C. gallinago.
  • n. Any of various similar or related birds.
  • n. A shot, especially a gunshot, from a concealed place.
  • intransitive v. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
  • intransitive v. To shoot snipe.
  • intransitive v. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various limicoline game birds of the genera Gallinago, Lymnocryptes and Coenocorypha in the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
  • n. A fool; a blockhead.
  • n. A shot fired from a concealed place.
  • n. A cigarette butt.
  • n. A member of the engineering department on a ship.
  • n. A bottle of wine measuring 0.1875 liters, one fourth the volume of a standard bottle; a quarter bottle or piccolo.
  • n. An animated promotional logo during a television show.
  • v. To shoot at individuals from a concealed place.
  • v. To shoot with a sniper rifle.
  • v. To make malicious, underhand remarks or attacks.
  • v. To watch a timed online auction and place a winning bid at the last possible moment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidæ, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
  • n. A fool; a blockhead.
  • intransitive v. To shoot or hunt snipe.
  • intransitive v. To shoot at detached men of an enemy's forces at long range, esp. when not in action; -- often with at.
  • transitive v. To shoot at (detached men of an enemy's force) at long range, esp. when not in action.
  • transitive v. To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skidding.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bird of the genus Scolopax in a former broad sense.
  • n. A fool; a blockhead; a simpleton; a goose.
  • n. A half-smoked cigar found on the street.
  • n. (See also double-snipe, half-snipe, horsefoot-snipe, jack-snipe, martin-snipe, quail-snipe, rail-snipe, robin-snipe, rock-snipe, shore-snipe, whole-snipe.)
  • To hunt snipe.
  • n. A sharp, clever answer; a sarcasm.
  • n. The Lake Tahoe trout, Salmo clarkii henshawi, found in western Nevada and neighboring parts of California.
  • To shoot at the enemy, or at isolated soldiers or outposts, in a casual way, as opportunity offers. See sniping.
  • To shoot (one of the enemy) from ambush or in a casual way, and not in a regular battle.
  • Same as nose, 5.

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

  • v. hunt or shoot snipe
  • v. aim and shoot with great precision
  • v. attack in speech or writing
  • n. a gunshot from a concealed location
  • n. Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks

Etymologies

Middle English, probably from Old Norse -snīpa (as in mȳrisnīpa, marsh snipe).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English "type of bird", from Old Norse -snipa, in myrisnipa ("moor snipe") (Wiktionary)

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