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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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British Dictionary definitions for snitching

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 snitching

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 snitching

snipe

noun
  1. A cigarette or cigar butt (1889+)
  2. An en-gine-room hand, aircraft mechanic, or other below-decks crew member: ''Snipes'' service and maintain their flying crews' birds (1920+ Navy)

[origin obscure, although apparently these, along with several other slang uses, both British and US, all refer somehow to the long-billed bird and its habits]


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