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sneaker

[snee-ker] /ˈsni kər/
noun
1.
a high or low shoe, usually of fabric such as canvas, with a rubber or synthetic sole.
2.
one who sneaks; a sneak.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; sneak + -er1
Can be confused
sneaker, snicker.
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Examples from the web for sneakers
  • She was dressed in a light blue fluffy angora sweater, pedal pushers and sneakers.
  • That's right, all you have to do is throw on some sneakers and go for a walk.
  • These are also moms taking the time to try on sneakers in the store before taking them.
  • The mayor wears shorts, sneakers, and a baseball cap.
  • If you plan to jog on the beach or work out in the fitness center at your hotel, pack gym clothes, socks and sneakers.
  • These sneakers probably don't come with broken ankle insurance.
  • Close-toed shoes are required, and sneakers are highly recommended.
  • Shoes with rubber soles also are good to have, but resist the urge to bring athletic sneakers.
  • While kids race from exhibit to exhibit, parents need to wear sneakers to keep up.
  • The thing is to dress sensibly, which does not mean shorts, a sweatshirt and comfy sneakers.
British Dictionary definitions for sneakers

sneakers

/ˈsniːkəz/
plural noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) canvas shoes with rubber soles worn for sports or informally
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Word Origin and History for sneakers

sneaker

n.

1590s, "one who sneaks," agent noun from sneak (v.). Meaning "rubber-soled shoe" is attested from 1895, American English; 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]

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Slang definitions & phrases for sneakers

snazzy

adjective
  1. Elegant; smart and fashionable; clever and desirable; nifty, ritzy: mounted on snazzy mag-type wheels/ While they may appear snazzy now, time will take its toll (1932+)
  2. Gaudy and meretricious; hokey, jazzy: TV's wittiest, toughest, least snazzy news strip (1970s+)

[perhaps a blend of snappy and jazzy]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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