Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To act as an informer.
  • intransitive verb To steal (something, usually something of little value); pilfer.
  • noun An informer.
  • noun A thief.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To steal, quickly and quietly.
  • verb transitive To inform on.
  • verb slang, transitive To contact or cooperate with the police for any reason.
  • noun A thief.
  • noun An informer, usually one who betrays his group.
  • noun this sense) (UK) A nose.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
  • verb take by theft
  • verb give away information about somebody

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

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  • Frank Burns: At school I used to snitch on myself for not snitching.

    August 14, 2009