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snitch1

[snich] /snɪtʃ/
verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to snatch or steal; pilfer.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; perhaps variant of snatch

snitch2

[snich] /snɪtʃ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to turn informer; tattle.
noun
2.
Also called snitcher. an informer.
Origin
1775-85; origin uncertain
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Examples from the web for snitch
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for snitch

snitch

/snɪtʃ/
verb
1.
(transitive) to steal; take, esp in an underhand way
2.
(intransitive) to act as an informer
noun
3.
an informer; telltale
4.
the nose
Derived Forms
snitcher, noun
Word Origin
C17: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snitch
n.

"informer," 1785, probably from underworld slang meaning "the nose" (1700), which apparently developed from an earlier meaning "fillip on the nose" (1670s). Snitcher in same sense is from 1827.

v.

1803, "to inform," from snitch (n.). Meaning "to steal, pilfer" is attested from 1904, perhaps a variant of snatch (v.). Related: Snitched; snitching.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snitch

snitch

noun

An informer; rat, stool pigeon: Maybe some of my old snitches have run across something new (1785+)

verb
  1. To inform; sing, squeal: The little rat snitched and the little snitch ratted (1801+)
  2. o steal; pilfer; swipe: He snitched a couple of cookies (1904+)

[noun and first verb senses probably fr underworld slang snitch, ''nose'']


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