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Definition of "sneaker" [sneak•er]

  • One who sneaks. (noun)
  • A sports shoe usually made of canvas and having soft rubber soles. Also called tennis shoe. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sneaker" in a sentence
  • "The word sneaker entered the language in the 1870s; the rubber soles made the shoes quiet and therefore "sneaky.""
  • "At that moment, a wave broke against the shore -- a big wave, what we call sneaker waves in Oregon -- and it splashed us, grabbing at her potion and trying to take it out to sea."
  • "A cross training sneaker is a sneaker meant to be worn while training for something, not for running to the doctor's office, the supermarket, dropping the kids off at school, yada, yada, yada."