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Date: 1700-1800
Origin: Perhaps from snitch '(a blow on) the nose' (17-21 centuries)

snitch

2 noun
     
snitch2 [countable]
informal someone who is not liked because they tell people in authority when other people do things that are wrong or against the rules [= sneak]:
He didn't want to be a snitch, and besides, Kevin was his friend.

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