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Origin uncertain. Perhaps an alteration of snatch, or a dialectal variant of sneak.



snitch ‎(third-person singular simple present snitches, present participle snitching, simple past and past participle snitched)

  1. (transitive) To steal, quickly and quietly.
    • P. G. Wodehouse, Uncle Fred in the Springtime
      Besides, I shall require your help in snitching the pig. But I was forgetting. You are not abreast of that side of our activities, are you? Emsworth has a pig. The Duke wants it.
  2. (transitive) To inform on.
  3. (slang, transitive) To contact or cooperate with the police for any reason.



snitch ‎(plural snitches)

  1. A thief.
  2. An informer, usually one who betrays his group.
  3. (Discuss(+) this sense) (Britain) A nose.
    • 1897, W.S. Maugham, Lisa of Lambeth, chapter 1
      'Yah, I wouldn't git a second-'and dress at a pawnbroker's!'
      'Garn!' said Liza indignantly. 'I'll swipe yer over the snitch if yer talk ter me. [...] "
    • his, her, their[your], Penguin Classics, translation of Zazie dans le métro by Raymond Queneau, ISBN 9780142180044, published 2001, page his:
    • 1978, Brenda R. Silver quoting Alan Bennett, Virginia Woolf icon[1], University of Chicago Press, ISBN 9780226757452, published 1999, Take Seven: British Graffiti: Me ,I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Sammy And Rosie Get Laid, page 158:
      On one level clearly emblematic of her class status, “she’d have really looked down her snitch at me”), Virginia Woolf's nose, both Bennett and his audience would know, signifies as well the far more frightening power, the phallic power, attributed to women, strong women in particular.
    • his, her, their[your], HarperCollins, ISBN 9780002241014, page 74:
      ‘Yes, I’m a witch! I wiggle my snitch![...]’
    • 1999 September 27, "billy", “Re: Babies Having Babies”[2],, Usenet:
      Bluenoze: Blow your nose to clear your snitch of whatever it is you've been snorting and read the postings again.
    • 1999 March 26, G Greenway, “Re: aah-cho!!”[3], alt.gothic, Usenet:
      Question: do benign bacteria live in one's snitch and keep the other, nastier ones at bay ?
    • 2016 July 27, catmandoo, “Re: Please help me to be 'correct'.”[4], uk.local.isle-of-wight, Usenet:
      Have a perpetual dew drop hanging from your snitch