1 [snich]
verb (used with object) Informal.
to snatch or steal; pilfer.

1900–05; perhaps variant of snatch Unabridged


2 [snich] Informal.
verb (used without object)
to turn informer; tattle.
Also called snitcher. an informer.

1775–85; origin uncertain Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
snitch (snɪtʃ)
1.  (tr) to steal; take, esp in an underhand way
2.  (intr) to act as an informer
3.  an informer; telltale
4.  the nose
[C17: of unknown origin]

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Word Origin & History

"informer," 1785, probably from underworld slang meaning "the nose" (1700), which apparently developed from an earlier meaning "fillip on the nose" (1676).

1803, "to inform," from snitch (n.). Meaning "to steal, pilfer" is attested from 1904, perhaps a variant of snatch (v.).
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Slang Dictionary

snitch definition

  1. n.
    an informer. : Who needs a snitch? If he can't keep his mouth shut, he can beat it.
  2. in.
    to inform (on someone). (Often with on.) : The cops were waiting for us. Who snitched?
  3. tv.
    to steal something. : Why don't you snitch the salt from one of the other tables?
  4. n.
    a theft. (Underworld.) : The snitch went off without a hitch.
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
And a trading floor could be more effective than paying off a snitch.
Some were supportive, she said, but others acted as if she was a snitch.
US authorities have maintained that he was nothing more than a two-bit snitch.
The catch is that if both of you agree to snitch, you'll get only a slightly reduced jail term.
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