Definition of snooker in English:


Line breaks: snoo|ker
Pronunciation: /ˈsnuːkə


[mass noun]
  • 1A game played with cues on a billiard table in which the players use a cue ball (white) to pocket the other balls (fifteen red and six coloured) in a set order: [as modifier]: a snooker hall a snooker tournament
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    • The balls are 61.5mm in diameter, much larger than in snooker or billiards.
    • A committee meeting will be held on Thursday night, names are being taken for the first tournament of the year, billiards and snooker, so we hope for a big response.
    • There what I found was many ladies tend to take part in pool and they also compete in international tournaments even when it comes to billiards and snooker.
  • 1.1 [count noun] A position in a game of snooker or pool in which a player cannot make a direct shot at any permitted ball: he needed a snooker to have a chance of winning the frame
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    • Leading 5-3 at the end of the afternoon session he won a remarkable opening frame last night by scoring 16 penalty points from two snookers and two free balls to take the frame when all had seemed lost.
    • He gave me a frame when I was 26 in front with six reds on and then he's played on in the next frame after that when he needed three snookers.
    • Hunter put Stevens in a snooker on the yellow, and the Welshman attempted a daring escape through the narrowest of gaps.


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  • 1Subject (oneself or one’s opponent) to a snooker: he potted yellow and green, and then snookered Davis on the brown Hendry led, but then snookered himself
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    • On his first visit Tony cleared the rest of his spots but snookered himself on the black.
    • Unfortunately, having potted his first (and only ball as it turned out to be) Richard snookered himself.
    • But the initiative was handed back to him after Dott snookered himself on the brown after potting the green and he was able to nick the frame.
  • 1.1British Leave (someone) in a difficult position; thwart: I managed to lose my flat keys—that was me snookered
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    • The Americans were snookered by their own arrogant assumption that they were dealing with an enemy who could only copy, badly, the wartime devices of the day.
    • California has snookered itself, thinking it's defeated politics as usual.
    • The Democrats were snookered because they couldn't say that they were against homosexual equality without alienating voters who were already in the bag.
  • 1.2US Trick, entice, or trap: they were snookered into buying books at prices that were too high
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    • Sure, show the kids that the parents don't mean what they say and can be snookered into taking back a punishment.
    • Apparently you are being snookered into making offers.
    • Ironically, even the author of the famed phrase ‘irrational exuberance’ was snookered into believing that the old laws of economics had somehow been repealed.


late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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