Meaning of SNAKE in English



Pronunciation: ' sn ā k

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English snaca; akin to Old Norse snakr snake, Old High German snahhan to crawl

Date: before 12th century

1 : any of numerous limbless scaled reptiles (suborder Serpentes syn. Ophidia) with a long tapering body and with salivary glands often modified to produce venom which is injected through grooved or tubular fangs

2 : a worthless or treacherous fellow

3 : something (as a plumber's snake) resembling a snake

– snake · like \ - ˌ l ī k \ adjective

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