adjective Etymology: origin unknown Date: circa 1859 1. a. false, counterfeit b. practicing deception ; dishonest <
a snide merchant
2. unworthy of esteem ; low <
a snide trick
3. slyly disparaging ; insinuating <
snide remarks
snidely adverbsnideness noun

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  • Snide — Snide, a. 1. Tricky; deceptive; contemptible; as, a snide lawyer; snide goods. [Slang, archaic] [1913 Webster] 2. derogatory in an insinuating manner; as, a snide remark. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • snide — [snaıd] adj informal if you say something snide, you say something unkind, often in a clever, indirect way snide remarks/comments ▪ a snide remark about her clothes >snidely adv …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • snide — [ snaıd ] adjective deliberately unkind in an indirect way ╾ snide|ly adverb …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • snide — ► ADJECTIVE 1) derogatory or mocking in an indirect way. 2) chiefly N. Amer. devious and underhand. 3) informal counterfeit or inferior. ► NOUN ▪ a snide person or remark. DERIVATIVES snidely adverb snidey …   English terms dictionary

  • snide — [snīd] adj. [orig., counterfeit, bogus < thieves slang, prob. of Du dial. or Ger orig. < base of Ger schneiden, to cut, with reference to coin clipping and, later, to cutting remarks] slyly malicious or derisive [a snide remark] snidely adv …   English World dictionary

  • snide — 1859, thieves slang counterfeit, sham, of unknown origin. Of persons, cunning, sharp, from 1883. Sense of sneering is first attested 1933 …   Etymology dictionary

  • snide — [adj] hateful, nasty base, cynical, disparaging, hurtful, insinuating, malicious, mean, sarcastic, scornful, sneering, spiteful, unkind; concept 401 Ant. gentle, kind, lovable, loving, nice …   New thesaurus

  • snide — [[t]sna͟ɪd[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n A snide comment or remark is one which criticizes someone in an unkind and often indirect way. He made a snide comment about her weight... They kept making snide remarks about each other... She couldn t tell… …   English dictionary

  • snide — [[t]snaɪd[/t]] adj. snid•er, snid•est derogatory in a nasty, insinuating manner: snide remarks[/ex] • Etymology: 1860–65; orig. uncert. snide′ly, adv. snide′ness, n …   From formal English to slang

  • snide — adjective /snaɪd/ a) disparaging or derisive in an insinuative way. Dont make snide remarks to me. b) Tricky; deceptive; contemptible. He was a snide lawyer …   Wiktionary

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