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

  • n. Pocket billiards played with 15 red balls and 6 balls of other colors.
  • transitive v. Slang To lead (another) into a situation in which all possible choices are undesirable; trap.
  • transitive v. Slang To fool; dupe: "Snookered by a lot of malarkey about drilling costs, a Texas jury ... added $3 billion of punitive damages” ( New Republic).
  • transitive v. 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A cue sport, popular in the UK and other Commonwealth of Nations countries.
  • v. To play snooker.
  • v. To fool or bamboozle.
  • v. To place the cue ball in such a position that the opponent cannot directly hit his/her required ball with it.
  • v. To become or cause to become inebriated.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A game played with balls on a billiard table.

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

  • v. leave one's opponent unable to take a direct shot
  • v. fool or dupe
  • n. a form of pool played with 15 red balls and six balls of other colors and a cue ball


Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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