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snapper

[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, 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
1525-1535
1525-35; snap + -er1
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Examples for snapper
  • The closures stimulated a boom in shrimp and red snapper later.
  • As a long snapper, he probably received the lowest tender.
British Dictionary definitions for snapper

snapper

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

"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

snapper

noun

The point or risible climax of a story or joke; punch line, zinger: With Neil Simon's vaudeville snappers what matters is that they come on schedule/ The final snapper was that Lubben never got his income tax paid by his ex-partners, either

Related Terms

bronco buster

[1857+; fr snapper, ''a cracker on the end of a whip,'' found by 1817]


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