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Definition of "snooker" [snooker]

  • Pocket billiards played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of other colors. (noun)
  • Slang To lead (another) into a situation in which all possible choices are undesirable; trap. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To fool; dupe: "Snookered by a lot of malarkey about drilling costs, a Texas jury ... added $3 billion of punitive damages” ( New Republic). (verb-transitive)
  • To leave one's opponent in the game of snooker unable to take a direct shot without striking a ball out of the required order. (verb-transitive)

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 "snooker" in a sentence
  • "The real fascination in snooker is watching one of the top players pot and position themselves, time and again."
  • "He’s close to being right too, except that the magic in snooker is all to do with the magic of the rolling ball."
  • "Using the word snooker, primary school pupils sent in hundreds of entries."