snook·er / ˈsnoŏkər/ • n. a game played with cues on a billiard table in which the players use a cue ball (white) to pocket the other balls (fifteen red and six colored) in a set order. ∎ a position in a game of snooker or pool in which a player cannot make a direct shot at any permitted ball; a shot placing an opponent in such a position: he needed a snooker to have a chance of winning the frame. • v. [tr.] subject (oneself or one's opponent) to a snooker. ∎ fig. leave (someone) in a difficult position; thwart: I managed to lose my car keys—that was me snookered. ∎ fig. trick, entice, or trap: they were snookered into buying books at prices that were too high.