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sneaker

Athletic or casual rubber-soled shoes are called sneakers. Before you walk your neighbor's Great Dane, you'll have to take off your work shoes and put on your sneakers.

You can also call sneakers tennis shoes, kicks, or running shoes, and if you're in Britain, you can call them trainers or plimsolls. Sneakers are made for exercise and sports, but they're also very popular everyday shoes because they're so comfortable. Sneaker, which is most common in the Northeast US, comes from their noiseless rubber soles, perfect for sneaking. Originally, they were called sneaks.

Definitions of sneaker
  1. noun
    a canvas shoe with a pliable rubber sole
    synonyms: gym shoe, tennis shoe
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    types:
    plimsoll
    a light gym shoe with a rubber sole and a canvas top
    type of:
    shoe
    footwear shaped to fit the foot (below the ankle) with a flexible upper of leather or plastic and a sole and heel of heavier material
  2. noun
    someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police
    synonyms: canary, fink, sneak, snitch, snitcher, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon
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    type of:
    betrayer, blabber, informer, rat, squealer
    one who reveals confidential information in return for money
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