countersniper

snipe

[snahyp]
noun, plural snipes (especially collectively) snipe for 1, 2.
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.
verb (used without object), sniped, sniping.
4.
to shoot or hunt snipe.
5.
to shoot at individuals as opportunity offers from a concealed or distant position: The enemy was sniping from the roofs.
6.
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 English snype (noun) < Old Norse -snīpa (in mȳrisnīpa moor snipe); cognate with Norwegian snipa, Icelandic snīpa; compare Danish sneppe, German Schnepfe

snipelike, adjective
sniper, noun
countersniper, noun
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snipe (snaɪp)
 
n , pl snipe, snipes
1.  any of various birds of the genus Gallinago (or Capella) and related genera, such as G. gallinago (common or Wilson's snipe), of marshes and river banks, having a long straight bill: family Scolopacidae (sandpipers, etc), order Charadriiformes
2.  any of various similar related birds, such as certain sandpipers and curlews
3.  a shot, esp a gunshot, fired from a place of concealment
 
vb (when intr, often foll by at) (often foll by at)
4.  to attack (a person or persons) with a rifle from a place of concealment
5.  to criticize adversely a person or persons from a position of security
6.  (intr) to hunt or shoot snipe
 
[C14: from Old Norse snīpa; related to Old High German snepfa Middle Dutch snippe]
 
'snipelike
 
adj

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snipe
long-billed marsh bird, early 14c., from O.N. -snipa in myrisnipa "moor snipe;" perhaps a common Gmc. term (cf. O.S. sneppa, M.Du. snippe, Du. snip, O.H.G. snepfa, Ger. Schnepfe "snipe"). The O.E. name was snite, which is of uncertain derivation. An opprobrious term (cf.
guttersnipe) since c.1600. The verb meaning "to shoot from a hidden place" is first attested 1773 (among British soldiers in India), in allusion to hunting snipe as game; sniper first attested 1824 in the sense of "sharpshooter."
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