Definition of snooker in English:



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’
    • ‘For the last three years of my school life I played snooker and turned professional at the age of 16.’
    • ‘Workmen have been busy this week refitting and modifying the Barbican Centre to accommodate the second most important tournament in world snooker.’
    • ‘Lovers of the game feel that billiards and snooker will die a slow death in India as long as the games remain unknown to the common man.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He played his best snooker for years in the Regal Welsh Open and this one is hard to call.’
    • ‘The balls are 61.5mm in diameter, much larger than in snooker or billiards.’
    • ‘He may not play top-class snooker again, but the comeback from cancer is his biggest triumph of all.’
    • ‘I used to drink with a neighbour and we often talked about playing snooker.’
    • ‘Those who survive will play in York when the city hosts a major ranking snooker tournament for the first time.’
    • ‘Forthcoming events include table football, tennis and snooker tournaments with a big event being planned for the near future.’
    • ‘None of them will be encouraged to abandon school early to spend their formative years in shadowy snooker halls.’
    • ‘The tournaments in billiards and snooker will soon be commencing so members should come in and get in some practice.’
    • ‘If you play a couple of games of snooker and then go play ‘normal’ billiards, you'll play like a pro (for a little while).’
    • ‘He had previously played football with Sutton United and liked to watch snooker as well.’
    • ‘To go out in my first match in snooker's second biggest tournament is very hard to accept.’
    • ‘We were told the building was sold for £90,000 and will open as a gym and snooker hall.’
    • ‘However, the hall will remain open on Thursday nights and Saturday nights during the summer for anyone who wants a game of pool, snooker or billiards.’
    • ‘He still drank, smoked, gambled and played snooker for money.’
    • ‘He has produced quality snooker during the past fortnight - and on a consistent basis.’
    1. 1.1count 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’
      • ‘Wood gained four points from a snooker on the last red which left him ideally positioned for a clearance.’
      • ‘Hunter put Stevens in a snooker on the yellow, and the Welshman attempted a daring escape through the narrowest of gaps.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I return to the table a few shots later to learn I need six snookers.’
      • ‘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.’


  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Despite accidentally sinking the white ball and then being craftily snookered by Mac, he played his way out of most problems including a spectacular bank-shot sinking his red stripe into a centre pocket.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He led 53-8 with two reds left in the 16th frame but snookered himself on the second last red.’
    1. 1.1British Leave (someone) in a difficult position; thwart.
      ‘I managed to lose my flat keys—that was me snookered’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They got that briefing yesterday and moved fast to avoid being snookered by the Government, proposing and today supporting legislation to ban the two organisations.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I was pretty apprehensive prior to the ride, as I was aware that it was pretty early in the season and my attempts to get a solid training ride or two into my legs had been snookered by various mechanicals and the consequences thereof.’
      thwart, defeat, foil, block, stop, put a stop to, counter, spoil, check, baulk, circumvent, disappoint, forestall, bar, dash, scotch, quash, crush, derail, nip in the bud, baffle, nullify
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    2. 1.2US Trick, entice, or trap.
      ‘they were snookered into buying books at prices that were too high’
      • ‘Read his concurrence before suggesting he was snookered, sold-out, or whatever else you want to read into his vote.’
      • ‘Normally, I'm sympathetic to investors who get snookered by the volatility and outright lies that drive so many small-cap stocks.’
      • ‘Ironically, even the author of the famed phrase ‘irrational exuberance’ was snookered into believing that the old laws of economics had somehow been repealed.’
      • ‘Was the press snookered by all this official reassurance, and maybe is just now waking up to reality?’
      • ‘Realizing he has been snookered, Esau goes on the warpath and hunts down Jacob.’
      • ‘It is a scenario where politicians couldn't even promise results as labour law snookered workers dogged by bad, bad luck after a life-time commitment to an industry that simply moved from Athy.’
      • ‘Apparently you are being snookered into making offers.’
      • ‘Farmers are also realizing governments and industry have snookered them.’
      • ‘They just can't avoid being manipulated, tricked, conned, used, snookered, bamboozled, hoodwinked, rum amok and conned by men.’
      • ‘Billy had been snookered by them a couple of times.’
      • ‘The US was snookered by these expatriates, all right.’
      • ‘Here, in the coming days, the Americans are in danger of being seriously snookered.’
      • ‘Of course, you could try to snooker a bummed owner into trading one of them to you - that, we encourage.’
      • ‘Once again, I'd been snookered by the Literacy Lady.’
      • ‘Sure, show the kids that the parents don't mean what they say and can be snookered into taking back a punishment.’
      charm, attract, enchant, entrance, win over, woo, captivate, bewitch, spellbind, dazzle, blind, hypnotize, mesmerize, seduce, tempt, lead on, lure, entice, ensnare, entrap
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Late 19th century: of unknown origin.