Definition of snitch in English:



  • 1with object Steal.

    ‘he snitched the umbrella for when he went fishing’
    figurative ‘she was snitching a look out of the window’
    • ‘Seated under the bright red and blue awning with his back against a merchant stall that was positively heaped with apples, the young man couldn't resist snitching one.’
    • ‘She snitched my cookie, then continued, ‘You were confused.’’
    • ‘I snitched small bits of things here and there, and quite obviously, I survived.’
    • ‘After all, these nightly visitors aren't there to snitch snapdragons or pilfer peas.’
    • ‘‘I don't think I caught your name,’ he observes, snitching cherries from my stash.’
    • ‘However, you'll not be snitching a slice before the meal, so don't even think to touch it.’
    • ‘The cook made them this morning, and I took the opportunity to snitch a few.’
    • ‘Trey kicked at it as he snitched a chocolate chip cookie from Blake's lunch.’
    • ‘Jackson blinked, then snitched Sam's glasses, folding them and setting them on the nightstand behind him.’
    • ‘You're okay for now, but I'll see if I can snitch a few things for you later.’
    • ‘Whoa, wait a sec, I do all my own pedicures and snitch the polish from the store, so what money would that save me, anyway?’
    • ‘And please, do not just snitch a taste from my plate haphazardly, or you may very well have eaten my Last Bite.’
    • ‘So, I snitched a pack, and a spare lighter, and repaired to the study.’
    • ‘If I was very, very lucky, when he found out we hadn't actually snitched any embryos, he'd demand to know what we had been doing here, and then I was safe.’
    • ‘Reginald had gone off talking with a biology teacher, and Kate stood alone in a corner, nibbling on a carrot in vegetable dip she'd snitched from the table beside her.’
    • ‘They snatched wallets, purloined purses, ‘borrowed’ tools, burgled houses, snitched firewood or drying clothes or even chickens.’
    • ‘Fights and chases erupt when personal penguin space is invaded or when young marauders snitch a few prized pebbles to start building nests of their own.’
    • ‘Then the tantrums for not getting the right colour - or a sibling snitching the only one that was wanted - and so on.’
    purloin, thieve, take, take for oneself, help oneself to, loot, pilfer, abscond with, run off with, appropriate, abstract, carry off, shoplift
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  • 2no object Inform on someone.

    ‘she wouldn't tell who snitched on me’
    • ‘While I'm wary of children snitching on their parents (echoes of communism), in some cases one has to applaud such actions.’
    • ‘I mean, just because something is true doesn't mean it should be spoken, and what are the conditions under which you should speak, or you should snitch, or you should turn in your kid?’
    • ‘You can track their movements via the mobile phone system, remotely monitor their presence in school, even learn when your teenager is driving too fast, thanks to a satellite-linked service that will snitch on him or her by e-mail.’
    • ‘By the time he reaches Seville in 1976, he has learned the rules - don't fight, don't snitch, don't cry - and when the bullies circle for their first strike, he takes the initiative and joins them.’
    • ‘The audience hooted and hollered… and I looked around for those awful, horrible 13-year-old baseball playing boys, who had obviously snitched on us.’
    • ‘If it's any consolation to you, you haven't snitched on anyone.’
    • ‘But if you snitch on the others, you go free while everyone else gets 20 years.’
    • ‘The laws, for instance, require doctors who witness injuries consistent with child sex abuse to call authorities; and social workers are obligated to snitch if they confront someone clearly about to physically harm another.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, apart from snitching on anyone you know who drives without insurance, the only thing you can do to cut down on what it costs you overall to finance their accidents, is to shop around for cheaper insurance.’
    • ‘The person you told would snitch, of course, and that's how lessons were learned.’
    • ‘I didn't get caught nor did anyone snitch on me but shortly after the fight ended my boyfriend called me.’
    • ‘But I doubt anyone will notice, unless one of the guys snitches or unless they check the rooms.’
    • ‘No one wants to alienate himself from the group by snitching on his buddies; yet remaining silent seems to evade responsibility - especially if someone could get hurt.’
    • ‘What's more, officials have handed out around 2,000 yuan in rewards to people snitching on illegal sites.’
    • ‘And Aiden must have thought that she was the one who snitched.’
    • ‘I sat for a moment, wondering what on earth Kip would have done to me once he learned - if he did not already know - that it was I who snitched, when something stung the side of my face a bit.’
    • ‘Well, I don't usually like to snitch, but he was coming onto me and I was a little uncomfortable.’
    • ‘‘Young people would have the chance of drawing attention to their concerns without feeling like they are snitching on their friends,’ she said.’
    • ‘Everyone co-operated in making sure that good manners were maintained, even if it meant snitching on people who used bad language.’
    • ‘Sometimes the other dorks would let me stand with them, just so that the teachers wouldn't snitch on me to the school psychologist for not having any friends.’
    inform, inform against, inform on, act as an informer, tell tales, tell tales on, sneak, sneak on, report, give away, be disloyal, be disloyal to, sell out, stab in the back
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  • An informer.

    ‘they thought he was a plant or a snitch’
    • ‘Isn't it true that the worst thing you can do as a member of a street gang is be a snitch?’
    • ‘When the snitches became suspects themselves, the promised $250,000 reward was withheld.’
    • ‘Well, being a snitch or an informant does not make you martyr or mean that you are really copping out.’
    • ‘We don't know who we're fighting and even our snitches can't tell us.’
    • ‘They rely mostly on snitches for their information.’
    • ‘We pulled at the threads that ran through the cases that appeared emblematic of the system's troubles: bad lawyers, jailhouse snitches, flawed forensic science.’
    • ‘Two things the police have going for them are the beat cop who has worked the neighborhood for years and police snitches who, for a fee or a favor, keep the police informed.’
    • ‘He might be a snitch, but he prided himself on providing good information to those who needed and would pay for it.’
    • ‘He said ‘You know what they do to any narcs, snitches, or informants even remotely implicated in the evidence?’’
    • ‘American detectives need snitches, sidearms, and sports cars to catch bad guys.’
    • ‘The plot centres on the stealing of two encrypted rings that, when combined, reveal the whereabouts of all those snitches hiding under the US federal witness-protection programme.’
    • ‘We're trying to keep this meeting on a low profile; there are snitches everywhere these days, and information gets a lot of money.’
    • ‘He believes in the value of student snitches, parental conferences, and long hot showers in the faculty lounge.’
    • ‘None of the street snitches have any clues for us.’
    • ‘Fourteen are devoted solely to reducing the likelihood of false testimony from jailhouse snitches.’
    • ‘Usually the snitches are facing their own criminal charges and readily agree to help police nab the next guy up the supply chain, or offer information about other crimes.’
    • ‘But the gist of the film is the meeting of the criminals and their interaction to identify the snitch.’
    • ‘Using the threat of possible arrest or deportation, the government is coercing a group of individuals to operate as snitches in immigrant communities.’
    • ‘Now, you get into court, you're confronted with cops perjuring themselves and jailhouse snitches saying you confessed all to them in your cell.’
    • ‘Nurses also may not report other nurses for fear of being perceived as snitches or labeled as whistle-blowers.’
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Late 17th century: of unknown origin.