Definition of snake in English:

snake

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Pronunciation: /sneɪk
 
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noun

1A long limbless reptile which has no eyelids, a short tail, and jaws that are capable of considerable extension. Some snakes have a venomous bite.
  • Suborder Ophidia (or Serpentes), order Squamata: many families
More example sentences
  • The copperhead, a venomous snake, is dangerous, but its bite is rarely life-threatening to healthy adult humans.
  • Only about 50% of bites by exotic venomous snakes inject sufficient venom to cause clinical envenoming.
  • The illegible writing begins to shift and change, turning into a snake biting its own tail, which twirls in a circle.
Synonyms
literary serpent
Zoologyophidian
Australian rhyming slang Joe Blake
2 (also snake in the grass) A treacherous or deceitful person: that man is a cold-blooded snake
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  • And some CBS people I've talked to, as you well know, have referred to you as selfish, as sleazy, as a snake in the grass, and some other things that I can't say on the air.
  • Louise is just a snake in the grass who can't be trusted.
  • You're nothing more than a lecherous snake in the grass, Shawn.
Synonyms
traitor, turncoat, betrayer, informer, back-stabber, double-crosser, double-dealer, quisling, Judas; cheat, swindler, fraudster, trickster, charlatan, viper, serpent, snake in the grass
informal two-timer, creep, rat, beast, pig, swine, skunk, dog, weasel, bastard
British informal twister, scrote
British informal , dated bounder, rotter
North American informal rat fink
Irish informal sleeveen
Australian informal dingo
vulgar slang shit
dated heel, cad, blackguard
3 (the snake) A former system of interconnected exchange rates for the currencies of EC countries: the snake did not have any provision for strong currency nations to help the weak
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  • Market pressures also busted the snake, as governments were unable to keep their currencies within these bands.
  • However, the snake was not very successful in limiting exchange rate fluctuations.
  • After France and Italy left the snake their currencies depreciated, making their goods more competitive than German goods.
4 (in full plumber's snake) A long flexible wire for clearing obstacles in piping.
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  • As expected, they encountered the clog much farther down the pipe than the first plumber's snake could have reached from under the sink.
  • Step 3: If the closet auger is not effective, use a small snake in the same way as described for opening lavatory drains.
  • Plugged and or restricted drain lines need to be snaked out using a plumber drain cleaning snake.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] Back to top  
Move or extend with the twisting motion of a snake: a rope snaked down
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  • Before them the land was reasonably flat, a single road snaking through the grass and disappearing into a wood not far away.
  • The road snaked upward, its old pavement cracked in places, making the ride a bit rough.
  • It's quite impressive to see all the cars and trucks snaking down the hill and past the end of my road.
Synonyms

Origin

Old English snaca, of Germanic origin.

Derivatives

snake-like

adjective
More example sentences
  • Its teeth, rotting and yellow, were complemented by a long snake-like tongue that flicked around inside of a slimy, saliva filled mouth.
  • Her dark snake-like pupils amid rust-colored eyeballs made a look his way, showing an emotional intensity never noticed before.
  • On the way home, she showed off her sword: a beautiful five-foot long katana blade with a jade hilt in the shape of a snake-like Asian dragon.

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