Meaning of sneaker in English:


Pronunciation /ˈsniːkə/


mainly North American
  • A soft shoe worn for sports or casual occasions; a trainer.

    ‘We are a casual footwear brand for the sneaker wearing generation.’
    • ‘Dress them down with sneakers or flip-flops or take them out on the town with heels.’
    • ‘Turns out the kids are wearing roller shoes - normal sneakers with a handy wheel underneath.’
    • ‘If the shoe is sturdy, like a sneaker, toss it in the wash on the gentle cycle and let it air dry.’
    • ‘The seemingly unending silence was broken by the soft treading of sneakers on soil.’
    • ‘Complete the look with a pair of dark brown biker boots or a stylish pair of vintage sneakers.’
    • ‘Evan had those shoes that were sneakers but made more for show then for anything else.’
    • ‘Shoving my feet into a worn down pair of sneakers, I went out of my way to leave early.’
    • ‘He wore a pair of worn out old sneakers that matched his worn out old jean trousers.’
    • ‘There's no point in buying a pair of sneakers that will break after two weeks of use.’
    • ‘One of the trendiest looks to hit the scene this year is wearing sneakers with a suit.’
    • ‘These types of socks are as low as they come and are made to be invisible in any kind of sneakers.’
    • ‘She put on the sneakers she had worn home from the hospital and went outside, shutting the front door behind her.’
    • ‘One of the shoelaces on her sneaker had come untied and was blowing vulnerably in the wind.’
    • ‘He'd tied his sneaker laces together, and now had his shoes strung about his neck.’
    • ‘Do you think sneakers are just another part of fashion or do they mean more than that?’
    • ‘It's kind of wet outside, so you put on your waterproof boots instead of your sneakers.’
    • ‘She was amused to see he wore old sneakers instead of the boots favoured by the others.’
    • ‘For some reason I looked down as well and started to watch as he dug the tip of his sneaker into the carpet.’
    • ‘I began to lace up my sneakers, hiding my face behind my hair as I took a deep breath.’
    training shoe, running shoe, sports shoe, tennis shoe, plimsoll


Late 16th century (in sense ‘person or animal that sneaks’): the current sense dates from the late 19th century.