1. (noun) The game of snooker .
2. (verb) To leave the opponent (accidentally or by means of a safety ) so that a certain shot on a preferred object ball cannot be played directly in a straight line by normal cueing. It most commonly means that the object ball cannot be hit, because it is hidden by another ball or, more rarely, the knuckle of a pocket (see corner-hooked ). It can also refer to the potting angle or another significant point of contact on the object ball , blocking an otherwise more straightforward shot , even if an edge can be seen. A common related adjective describing a player in this situation is snookered. Also known as "to hook ", for which the corresponding adjective "hooked" is also common. See also free ball .
3. (noun) An instance of this situation (e.g. "she's put him in a difficult snooker "). A player can choose a range of shots to get out of a snooker ; usually a kick shot will be implemented but semi-massÚs are often preferred, and in games where it is not a foul , jump shots may be employed that often yield good results for skilled players. "Snooker" is used loosely (when used at all; "hook" is favored) in the US, but has very specific definitions and subtypes (such as the total snooker ) in blackball . See also safe .