Talk:snide

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Snide is also a noun. —This unsigned comment was added by 94.193.203.60 (talk) at 08:10, 23 February 2009 (UTC).

Then please do not hesitate to add a definition for it. --Eivind (t) 10:05, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

complex definition[edit]

this term had the most complex definition and had a definition for a noun as opposed to an adjective. Essentially, the word means insulting or nasty in a subtle, insinuative way (ex. sarcasm) as is proven by the following:


http://dictionary.infoplease.com/snide 65.31.103.28 18:27, 19 January 2010 (UTC)

RFV discussion: December 2013–May 2014[edit]

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snide
  • Rfv-sense: Sharp.
  • Rfv-sense: Characterised by low cunning and sharp practise.

Not in dictionaries: snide at OneLook Dictionary Search. Added in diff. --Dan Polansky (talk) 20:39, 26 December 2013 (UTC)

I don't think I know what either of them means. Sharp has quite a few distinct meanings, and I don't know what 'sharp practise' is (though I can have a decent guess at what low cunning is). Mglovesfun (talk) 21:53, 26 December 2013 (UTC)
Note that there is already "4. Tricky; deceptive; false; spurious; contemptible.", so the low-cunning sense has to be cited as distinct from that. As for "sharp", I estimate it was intended in the physical sense in which "V" has a sharp point at the bottom in contrast to "U", since the diff above introduced an etymology tracing the word to snithe (sharp, cutting). By the way, there is sharp practice at OneLook Dictionary Search and sharp practice, albeit with "c". --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:13, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
The noun practice is with a c; in the definition it's a misspelling. Mglovesfun (talk) 13:30, 27 December 2013 (UTC)
The two items I have sent to RFV seem to come from Century 1911, in which they form a single sense: "Sharp; characterized by low cunning and sharp practice; tricky; also, false; spurious"[1]. So the sense of "sharp" would probably be Wiktionary's "8. (colloquial) Illegal or dishonest. "--Dan Polansky (talk) 00:13, 28 December 2013 (UTC)
  • RFV failed: no quotations provided. Disclosure: I am the nominator. --Dan Polansky (talk) 09:02, 10 May 2014 (UTC)