Pronunciation: (snīp), [key]
—n., pl. snipes, (esp. collectively) snipe for 1, 2;
—v. sniped, snip•ing.
1. any of several long-billed game birds of the genera Gallinago (Capella) and Limnocryptes, inhabiting marshy areas, as G. gallinago (common snipe), of Eurasia and North America, having barred and striped white, brown, and black plumage.
2. any of several other long-billed birds, as some sandpipers.
3. a shot, usually from a hidden position.
1. to shoot or hunt snipe.
2. to shoot at individuals as opportunity offers from a concealed or distant position: The enemy was sniping from the roofs.
3. to attack a person or a person's work with petulant or snide criticism, esp. anonymously or from a safe distance.
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