Is there a verb that characterizes being shot by someone from a hiding place, perhaps at long range, like a sniper?

  • "I was sniped by the guy hiding in the tree. He sniped me." It's not standard, but kids use it all the time in video games. – Mitch Mar 26 '13 at 23:29
  • "Picked off" comes closest to what I am grasping for. – Dimitriy V. Masterov Mar 26 '13 at 23:51
  • There's nothing wrong with using the word shot, for this. It is actually what you have described. – Tristan Mar 27 '13 at 18:54

snipe is exactly the verb you are looking for. My Chambers dictionary gives two shades of the verb, neither has any hint that it's a slang or childish word.

intransitive verb
1. to shoot snipe [the bird] for sport
2. to shoot at individuals from a position of (usually distant) cover
3. to attack or criticize, especially from a position of security

transitive verb
to pick off by rifle fire from (usually distant) cover

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    This doesn't quite work. OP is looking for a term which focuses on the target, not the sniper. Mitch suggests you can "be sniped" but this is not supported by this answer's definitions or examples. – MetaEd Mar 27 '13 at 0:47
  • "Picked off" seems to be the best answer. – Dimitriy V. Masterov Mar 28 '13 at 17:41

You are looking for sniped being helped by an auxiliary be verb. Do not confused with snipped, which is the past participle of snip.


He was sniped by an unknown combatant.

Note that sniped can also be used in reference to the person sniping. But you won't need the auxiliary verb in most instances.


He sniped the enemy from a very long distance.


Assasinate means the target was specifically chosen.

to murder (a usually prominent person) by sudden or secret attack often for political reasons


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    I am afraid that is too broad, as it is not gun-specific. – Dimitriy V. Masterov Mar 27 '13 at 7:09

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