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[snee-ker] /ˈsni kər/
a high or low shoe, usually of fabric such as canvas, with a rubber or synthetic sole.
one who sneaks; a sneak.
Origin of sneaker
1590-1600; sneak + -er1
Can be confused
sneaker, snicker. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Word Origin and History for sneaker

1590s, "one who sneaks," agent noun from sneak (v.). Meaning "rubber-soled shoe" is attested from 1895, American English; earlier sneak (1862), so called because the shoe was noiseless. See also plimsoll.

The night-officer is generally accustomed to wear a species of India-rubber shoes or goloshes on her feet. These are termed 'sneaks' by the women [of Brixton Prison]. ["Female Life in Prison," 1862]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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