To snitch is to tattle on someone, and a snitch is someone who tattles. If you snitch on your brother when he "borrows" five dollars without asking, he might call you a snitch — but, on the bright side, he'll probably have to pay you back.

The oldest meaning of the informal snitch is "to betray" or, as a noun, "informer." This probably stems from 18th-century underworld slang, in which snitch meant "nose" — perhaps because a snitch is really nosy. A newer definition of snitch, "to steal," is thought to be a variation on snatch, and it first appeared around the turn of the 20th century. In the Harry Potter books, a snitch is a winged, golden ball used in the game of Quidditch.

Definitions of snitch

v give away information about somebody

betray, denounce, give away, grass, rat, shop, stag, tell on
sell out
give information that compromises others
Type of:
impart knowledge of some fact, state or affairs, or event to

n someone acting as an informer or decoy for the police

canary, fink, sneak, sneaker, snitcher, stool pigeon, stoolie, stoolpigeon
Type of:
betrayer, blabber, informer, rat, squealer
one who reveals confidential information in return for money

v take by theft

“Someone snitched my wallet!”
cop, glom, hook, knock off, thieve
Type of:
take without the owner's consent

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