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[snahyd] /snaɪd/
adjective, snider, snidest.
derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner:
snide remarks about his boss.
Origin of snide
1860-65; origin uncertain
Related forms
snidely, adverb
snideness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snide
  • But these snide reports are hypocritical, considering sports journalism is part of the business of sports too.
  • To dismiss a paper of this technical merit in one sentence, as you did, is to me more snide than any of my remarks.
  • There's not much evidence of a coherent message in your post, other than being sarcastic and snide.
  • The snide remarks about our postal service are uncalled for.
  • In spite of your snide comment, it is not unreasonable to speculate about someone's actions when they are outside of the norm.
  • As ever, his rambunctious plot is largely a vehicle for snappy dialogue, snide parody and wicked one-liners.
  • He suggests going at the pace of whomever is slowest and making no snide comments.
  • The snide tone in which the article was written is distracting and unnecessary.
  • Her rationalism is delivered in an angry barrage peppered with enthusiastically snide asides.
  • It was meant as snide remark rather than constructive criticism.
British Dictionary definitions for snide


Also snidey (ˈsnaɪdɪ). (of a remark, etc) maliciously derogatory; supercilious
counterfeit; sham
(slang) sham jewellery
Derived Forms
snidely, adverb
snideness, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin


verb (transitive; usually passive) and foll by with
(Northern English, dialect) to fill or load
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Word Origin and History for snide

1859, thieves' slang, "counterfeit, sham, bad, spurious," of unknown origin. Of persons, "cunning, sharp," from 1883. Sense of "sneering" is first attested 1933, perhaps via sense of "hypocrisy, malicious gossip" (1902). Related: Sneeringly.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snide



To flirt; court; make love; make out, neck • Chiefly British

[1945+; origin unknown]

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