noun, plural snipes (especially collectively) snipe for 1, 2.
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.
any of several other long-billed birds, as some sandpipers.
a shot, usually from a hidden position.
verb (used without object), sniped, sniping.
to shoot or hunt snipe.
to shoot at individuals as opportunity offers from a concealed or distant position: The enemy was sniping from the roofs.
to attack a person or a person's work with petulant or snide criticism, especially anonymously or from a safe distance.
Origin: 1275–1325;Middle Englishsnype (noun) < Old Norse-snīpa (in mȳrisnīpa moor snipe); cognate with Norwegiansnipa,Icelandicsnīpa; compare Danishsneppe,GermanSchnepfe