a high or low shoe, usually of fabric such as canvas, with a rubber or synthetic sole.
one who sneaks; a sneak.

1590–1600; sneak + -er1

sneaker, snicker. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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Word Origin & History

1598, "one who sneaks," from sneak (v.). Meaning "rubber-soled shoe" is attested from 1895, Amer.Eng.; earlier sneak (1862), so called because the shoe was noiseless. See also plimsoll.
"The night-officer is generally accustomed to wear a species of India-rubber shoes or goloshes on her feet. These are termed 'sneaks' by the women [of Brixton Prison]." ["Female Life in Prison," 1862]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Example sentences
Now the company wants a piece of the sneaker market.
Sneaker waves are swells that strike quickly and are larger than expected.
Vans, the sneaker maker, cozies up to teens by building zippy skateboard parks.
The trick is to buy a sneaker that looks as cleanly designed as possible.
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