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[snap-er] /ˈsnæp ər/
noun, plural (especially collectively) snapper (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) snappers for 1, 2; snappers for 3–5.
any of several large marine food fishes of the family Lutjanidae.
any of various other fishes, as the bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix.
Informal. a person in charge of a group of workers.
a tuft or knot of cotton, horsehair, hemp, etc., at the tip of a whip's lash; cracker; popper.
Origin of snapper
1525-35; snap + -er1 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -per, -pers
any large sharp-toothed percoid food fish of the family Lutjanidae of warm and tropical coastal regions See also red snapper
a sparid food fish, Chrysophrys auratus, of Australia and New Zealand, that has a pinkish body covered with blue spots
another name for bluefish, snapping turtle
a person or thing that snaps
(informal) a person who takes snapshots; photographer
(Irish, informal) a baby
Also called (for senses 1, 2) schnapper
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Word Origin and History for snapper

"one who or that which snaps," 1570s, agent noun from snap (v.). Applied to various fishes since 1690s. Slang meaning "vagina" is by 2000. As a short form of snapping turtle (1784) it is recorded from 1872. Snappers "teeth" is attested from 1924.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snapper

snap on someone

verb phrase

To insult, esp publicly and in a sort of competitive way: After Ivey spent five minutes on stage snapping on a white man in the audience, they conducted snapping sessions to get contributions from professionals

[1990s+; the general sense is found by 1578, but the current use is probably not a survival]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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