snapper

[snap-er]
noun, plural (especially collectively) snapper (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snappers for 1, 2; snappers for 3, 4, 5.
1.
any of several large marine food fishes of the family Lutjanidae.
2.
any of various other fishes, as the bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.
4.
Informal. a person in charge of a group of workers.
5.
a tuft or knot of cotton, horsehair, hemp, etc., at the tip of a whip's lash; cracker; popper.

Origin:
1525–35; snap + -er1

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snapper (ˈsnæpə)
 
n , pl -per, -pers
1.  See also red snapper any large sharp-toothed percoid food fish of the family Lutjanidae of warm and tropical coastal regions
2.  a sparid food fish, Chrysophrys auratus, of Australia and New Zealand, that has a pinkish body covered with blue spots
3.  bluefish another name for snapping turtle
4.  a person or thing that snaps
5.  informal a person who takes snapshots; photographer
6.  informal (Irish) a baby

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snapper
applied to various fishes since 1697, from snap (v.); as a short form of snapping turtle it is recorded from 1872. Snappers "teeth" is attested from 1924.
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snapper definition


  1. n.
    a strange person. : Willy is sort of a snapper, but he's a nice guy.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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The closures stimulated a boom in shrimp and red snapper later.
As a long snapper, he probably received the lowest tender.
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