1. Zool. Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidae, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
Note: ☞ The common, or whole, snipe (Gallinago cœlestis) and the great, or double, snipe (Gallinago major), are the most important European species. The Wilson's snipe (Gallinago delicata) (sometimes erroneously called English snipe) and the gray snipe, or dowitcher (Macrohamphus griseus), are well-known American species.
2. A fool; a blockhead. [R.]
Half snipe, the dunlin; the jacksnipe.
Jack snipe. See Jacksnipe.
Quail snipe. See under Quail.
Robin snipe, the knot.
Sea snipe. See in the Vocabulary.
Shore snipe, any sandpiper.
Snipe hawk, the marsh harrier. [Prov. Eng.]
Stone snipe, the tattler.
Summer snipe, the dunlin; the green and the common European sandpipers.
Winter snipe. See Rock snipe, under Rock.
Woodcock snipe, the great snipe.
Snipe v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniped p. pr. & vb. n. Sniping ]
1. To shoot or hunt snipe.
2. To shoot at detached men of an enemy's forces at long range, esp. when not in action; -- often with at.
Snipe v. t.
1. To shoot at (detached men of an enemy's force) at long range, esp. when not in action.
2. To nose (a log) to make it drag or slip easily in skidding.
n 1: Old or New World straight-billed game bird of the sandpiper
family; of marshy areas; similar to the woodcocks
2: a gunshot from a concealed location
v 1: hunt or shoot snipe
2: aim and shoot with great precision [syn: sharpshoot]
3: attack in speech or writing; "The editors of the
left-leaning paper attacked the new House Speaker" [syn: attack,
round, assail, lash out, assault]