1. a blow on the nose.
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Snitch, [...] a Filip on the Nose.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|Life and Character of Moll King 12: I’ll derrick, my Blood, if I tout my Mort, I’ll tip her a Snitch about the Peeps and Nasous.|
2. (UK Und.) the nose.
|Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: Nose Snich.|
|Discoveries (1774) 42: Snich; Nose.|
|New Dict. Cant (1795).|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant.|
|Sheffield Gloss. (Supp.) 54: Snitcher, the nose.|
|Nottingham Eve. Post 21 Dec. 3/3: If you hit him again [...] I shall flatten your ‘snitcher’.|
|Liza of Lambeth (1966) 6: I’ll swipe yer over the snitch if yer talk ter me.|
|Hookey 43: Yesterday, I met a country josser, / And I had him for his watch and chain. / On his snitch I gave him such a gosher.|
|Fact’ry ’Ands 246: Lookin’ et that nose [...] ’Twasn’t in the nature iv things he could go on sustainin’ sich a snich.|
|Manchester Courier 18 Jan. 6/7: Jimmy skied one from the boundary [...] and on the rebound hit Snocker Green on the snitcher.|
|Cockney At Home 136: Ole Cockles fetches him one with his gingham right across the snitch.|
|Aerbut Paerks, of Baernegum 3: ’Ere, yo stop it off or I shall wipe yer one on the snitcher.|
|Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 20 Aug. 11/1: Slanguage [...] Parse and analyse the following: [...] ‘Bli’ me,’ sez I ‘a bloke out to cop yer on th’ snitch’.|
|This Gutter Life 135: When he was gabbling about holidays I could have snatched him on the snitch!|
|None But the Lonely Heart 79: A lovely big drip at the end of his snitch.|
|Lore and Lang. of Schoolchildren (1977) 175: ‘Snitch’ [...] and ‘boko’ for nose.|
|Muvver Tongue 30: Words used for it are ‘conk’, ‘hooter’ and ‘snich’.|
|Locked Ward (2013) 245: He put the head on Jake and bust his snitch.|
3. an informer [snitch v. (1)].
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn).|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang.|
|Real Life in London I 128: He was a b—dy snitch, and that he would sarve him out—that he wished he might meet him out of St. Giles’s, and he would wake him with an Irish howl.|
|‘Jerry Abershaw’s Will’ in Fal-Lal Songster in Spedding & Watt (eds) Bawdy Songbooks (2011) III 17: Said Jerry, I’m no snitch — from hypocrisy I’m free.|
|Cincinnati Enquirer (OH) 26 Aug. 4/5: ‘You’re a G-d d-d snitch! You’re snitching for Chief Deitsch’.|
|Hole in the Wall (1947) 145: Proper reg’lars on all that, paid square, ’ud be more’n I could make playin’ the snitch.|
|Confessions of a Detective 17: These mugs [...] would croak a snitch in a holy second.|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 188: The dirty snitch that got those fellows railroaded here for seven years.|
|Mirror (Sydney) 31 Aug. 8/2: A reformed thief, no matter how much he has repented the evil of his ways, hates to be a ‘snitch’ .|
|Gay-cat 193: The idee is fur all the private detective agencies [...] to toin in the names of the snitches they has workin’ amongst us.|
|(con. 1910s) Studs Lonigan (1936) 72: They knew who did it, but they didn’t want to be snitches.Young Lonigan in|
|Man with the Golden Arm 176: I ain’t no big snitch. I ain’t puttin’ the finger on guys.|
|(con. 1937) Cell 2455 93: The slips against the snitches, the rats, the escape-catchers and others of that breed, he left.|
|On the Yard (2002) 66: Baby had heard indirectly that Conejo [...] had been a narcotics snitch.|
|(con. 1970s) Donnie Brasco (2006) 326: Find out. Whoever gives us the snitch, we’ll pay. Then we’ll whack out the snitch.|
|‘Let Me Ride’ [lyrics] Got the hollow points for the snitches.|
|Oz ser. 3 ep. 3 [TV script] That cripple snitch bitch-ass nigger Hill, we got to whack his ass too.‘Legs’|
|Turning Angel 376: Nowhere in the notebooks could I find a key to the identity of these snitches.|
|Running the Books 165: He knew the code: snitches get stitches.|
|Killing Pool 213: They’ve narrowed down their prime suspects to three potential snitches .|
|Mother Jones July/Aug. [Internet] 9 percent of male inmates report being sexually assaulted behind bars, but given the anti-snitch culture of prison, the real number might be higher.|
|Times 25 May [Internet] [He] added that though he had decided to speak out ‘to protect our community’ he was nevertheless worried about being called a ‘snitch’.|
4. attrib. use of sense 3.
|On the Yard (2002) 203: The folder was heavy with the snitch letters the warden had cited.|
|Animal Factory 36: Every day the captain gets a dozen snitch letters about those maniacs.|
|(con. early 1950s) L.A. Confidential 28: Letting stick-up men slide for snitch dope.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 138: It was an old snitch trick—get them to think you’re humiliated, that you need them.|
|Snitch Jacket 185: Let’s say you did this for the snitch money.|
5. a contemptible person.
|Barber Co. Index (Medicine Lodge, KS) 9 Mar. 1/5: A ‘snitch’ lawyer [...] hunts for a chance tobring damage suits [...] It doesn’t matter to the snitch how blameable the injured party is.|
|DN IV:iii 201: snitch, one who is petty, mean.‘Terms Of Disparagement’ in|
6. (US prison) a prisoner who curries favour.
|Thirteen Years in Oregon Penitentiary 35: The ‘head snitch’ (convict flunky) said the bot would not work.|
(US black) untrustworthy, tale-telling.
|Sioux City Jrnl (IA) 23 Feb. 24/2: King scratched his prison name [...] on the door of his jail cell [...] and also inscribed ‘Shawn Berry is a snitch-ass traitor’.|
|Tuff 118: The only people who want to become politicians are the third-grade snitch-ass hall-monitor types.|
|(con. 1998–2000) You Got Nothing Coming 154: What are you? [...] Some little punk-ass bitch? A snitch-ass punk whining and puling on his mommy’s titty!|
|Chicago trib. 28 May 10/1: Katz [...] called him a ‘snitch-ass bitch’.|
(US prison) any game played by those inmates, among them informers, who live in protective segregation.
|Prison Sl. 12: When inmates in the protective segregation unit of a prison are seen playing basketball or some sport, it is jokingly said they are playing snitchball.|
(US prison) a box used both for institutional correspondence and for passing on messages that accuse fellow inmates of illegal activity.
|Prison Sl. 57: Snitch Box also Kite Box A box in which inmates put institutional correspondence. Often inmates use these boxes to deliver messages about illegal activities of other convicts.|
(US prison) obtaining information from inmates by threatening to falsely expose them as informers.
|St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO) 25 Sept. 11/2: The ‘snitch game’ of coercing informants was begun at the prison about the time of an inmate work strike in June 1976.|
|Homeboy 226: Snitch game. It’s just as simple as it’s deadly. They coerce information from convicts by threatening to falsely expose them as informers.|
see under jacket n.
(US prison) a note passed by a prisoner, giving information to the authorities.
|Battle Creek Enquirer (MI) 3 Nov. 9/2: ‘Kites’ are notes to prison officials [...] commonly referred to as ‘snitch kites’ — notes that inform on other inmates.|
|Criminology and Penology 501: A threat from the inmates to send a ‘snitch-kite’—an anonymous note—to the guard’s superior officers explaining his past derelictions in detail.|
|Riot 86: ‘You’ve never written a snitch-kite, have you?’ [...] ‘Snitch-kite? Certainly not!’.|
|Would You Convict? 106: He could not protect himself from the latest threat because the mechanism for this, a ‘snitch-kite,’ would take several days to reach authorities.|
1. a notebook.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 76: Notebook—Snitchpad.|
2. a newspaper.
|Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive 38: Dig the heavy spiel the snitchpads are spreading, if you wanna play the game the way I do.|
|Babes in Darkling Wood 25: Can I borrow your snitch-rag, Gemini? [OED].|
(US black) a newspaper.
|‘Jiver’s Bible’ in Orig. Hbk of Harlem Jive.|
|DAUL 201/1: Snitch-sheet. Any newspaper, especially one which makes a practice of sensationalizing criminal cases.et al.|
(US und.) an identification as an informer.
|The Force [ebook] ‘I’ll hang a snitch tag on you at Central Booking. You won’t make it out of Rikers’.|
see separate entry.
to become an informer.
|‘The Dog and Duck Rig’ inI (1975) 80: She will surely turn snitch for the forty.|
|‘Cant Lang. of Thieves’ Monthly Mag. 7 Jan. n.p.: He has Split or turned Snitch against his Palls, He has turned evidence against all his Companions.|
|Morn. Post (London) 29 Aug. 3/2: Some of his former accomplices having, to use the Old Bailey phrase, resolved to turn snitch and blow the gaff.|
|Vocab. of the Flash Lang. in McLachlan (1964) 266: snitch to impeach, or betray your accomplices, is termed snitching upon them. A person who becomes king’s evidence on such an occasion, is said to have turned snitch.|
|(ref. to late 18C) Don Juan Canto XI 149: The following is a stanza of a song which was very popular, at least in my early days [...] ‘She’ll surely turn snitch for the forty – / That her Jack may be regular weight’.note to|
|Grose’s Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: To turn snitch, or snitcher; to turn informer.|
|‘Lag’s Lament’ (trans. of an untitled cant poem) in(1829) IV 266: I adwise you to nose on your pals, and turn the / Snitch on the gang.|
|Land Sharks and Sea Gulls II 112: I’m scragged if I doesn’t have my natural rights. Besides, didn’t Bill threaten to turn snitch?|
|Swell’s Night Guide 68: Thunder me stupud! if she didn’t turn snitch on him.|
|Western Times (Devon) 21 Aug. 6/3: The man with the ‘white hat and four wheeler’ [...] may perhaps turn snitch and reveal his employers.|
|Illus. Police Budget 25 Feb. 7/2: Jim, act square by me [...] but by al the fiends in hell if you turn snitch you’ll find yourself [...] with your throat cut.|
|Morn. Post 9 Apr. 4/5: He [...] was captured as an accomplice of theives [...] and then turned snitch, squeaked, or blew the gaff.|
|Times (Montgomery, AL) 24 Sept. 4/1: In the alleged affair [...] Ormiston will be contemptible enough to turn ‘snitch’.|
|Tampa Trib. (FL) 7 Feb. 9/2: People will not cooperate in enforcement simply because they refuse to turn snitch on their neighbors.|
|L.A. Times 4 Oct. 51/2: Like most informants, Ralph was eager to ‘turn snitch’ for the police rather than be sent back to prison.|
|Clandestine (1999) 165: Look, I could turn snitch for you [...] I know lots of people I could turn over. Dope addicts, pushers.|
|Detroit Free Press (MI) 14 Oct. 11/6: [headline] Drug suspect slain. Some feared ‘Pope’ would turn snitch.|
|Ricochet 420: He was scared because he knew of others who had tried to turn snitch and died for it.|
|Atlanta Constitution (GA) 27 Aug. B3/1: They don’t want defendants who turn snitch worrying that their deals might fall about.|