- 1[intransitive] snipe (at somebody/something) to shoot at somebody from a hiding place, usually from a distance Gunmen continued to snipe at people leaving their homes to find food.
- 2[intransitive] snipe (at somebody/something) to criticize somebody in an unpleasant way Word Origin Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Icelandic mýrisnípa; obscurely related to Dutch snip and German Schnepfe.
BrE BrE//snaɪp//; NAmE NAmE//snaɪp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they snipe
BrE BrE//snaɪp//; NAmE NAmE//snaɪp//he / she / it snipes
BrE BrE//snaɪps//; NAmE NAmE//snaɪps//past simple sniped
BrE BrE//snaɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//snaɪpt//past participle sniped
BrE BrE//snaɪpt//; NAmE NAmE//snaɪpt//-ing form sniping
BrE BrE//ˈsnaɪpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈsnaɪpɪŋ//