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verb \ˈsnap\

Simple Definition of snap

  • : to break quickly with a short, sharp sound

  • : to move into a specified position with a short, sharp sound

  • : to close (something) with a fastener and especially with a snap

Full Definition of snap


  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to make a sudden closing of the jaws :  seize something sharply with the mouth <fish snapping at the bait>b :  to grasp at something eagerly :  make a pounce or snatch <snap at any chance>

  3. 2 :  to utter sharp biting words :  bark out irritable or peevish retorts

  4. 3a :  to break suddenly with a sharp sound <the twig snapped>b :  to give way suddenly under strain

  5. 4 :  to make a sharp or crackling sound

  6. 5 :  to close or fit in place with an abrupt movement or sharp sound <the lock snapped shut>

  7. 6a :  to move briskly or sharply <snaps to attention>b :  to undergo a sudden and rapid change (as from one condition to another) <snap out of it> <snapped awake>

  8. 7 :  sparkle, flash <eyes snapping with fury>

  9. transitive verb
  10. 1 :  to seize with or as if with a snap of the jaws

  11. 2 :  to take possession or advantage of suddenly or eagerly —usually used with up <shoppers snapping up bargains>

  12. 3a :  to retort to or interrupt curtly and irritablyb :  to utter curtly or abruptly

  13. 4 :  to break suddenly :  break short or in two

  14. 5a :  to cause to make a snapping sound <snap a whip>b :  to put into or remove from a particular position by a sudden movement or with a sharp sound <snap the lock shut>

  15. 6a :  to project with a snapb :  to put (a football) in play with a snapc (1) :  to take photographically <snapping exclusive news pictures — Current Biography> (2) :  to take a snapshot of

Examples of snap

  1. The branch snapped and fell to the ground.

  2. The earpiece of his glasses snapped off.

  3. She snapped the twig in two.

  4. The boy snapped the wing off his toy airplane.

  5. The bent tree snapped back into an upright position.

  6. I snapped the lid shut.

  7. She snapped the pieces together.

  8. She snapped her handbag shut.

Origin of snap

Dutch or Low German snappen; akin to Middle High German snappen to snap

First Known Use: 1530

Rhymes with snap




Simple Definition of snap

  • : a sudden, short, sharp sound caused by something breaking or moving into a new position

  • : the act of snapping your fingers or the sound made when you snap your fingers

  • : a device that fastens something by closing or locking with a short, sharp sound; especially : a set of two metal or plastic pieces that fit tightly together when you press them

Full Definition of snap

  1. 1 :  an abrupt closing (as of the mouth in biting or of scissors in cutting)

  2. 2a archaic :  a share of profits or bootyb :  something that brings quick and easy profit or advantagec :  something that is easy and presents no problems :  cinch

  3. 3 :  a small amount :  bit

  4. 4a :  an act or instance of seizing abruptly :  a sudden snatching at somethingb :  a quick short movement <lithe snaps of its body — Barbara Taylor>c :  a sudden sharp breaking

  5. 5a :  a sound made by snapping something <shut the book with a snap>b :  a brief sharp and usually irritable speech or retort

  6. 6 :  a sudden spell of weather <a cold snap>

  7. 7 :  a catch or fastening that closes or locks with a click <the snap of a bracelet>

  8. 8 :  a flat brittle cookie — compare gingersnap

  9. 9 :  snapshot

  10. 10a :  the condition of being vigorous in body, mind, or spirit :  alertness, energyb :  a pleasing vigorous quality

  11. 11 :  the act of a center's putting the football in play from its position on the ground by quickly passing it between his legs to a teammate (as a quarterback) standing behind him

Examples of snap

  1. I've trained the dog to come to me with a snap of my fingers.

  2. The snap of the bracelet broke.


First Known Use of snap





Definition of snap

  1. :  with a snap


First Known Use of snap





Simple Definition of snap

  • : done or made suddenly or without careful thought

Full Definition of snap

  1. 1 :  done, made, or carried through suddenly or without deliberation <a snap judgment>

  2. 2 :  called or taken without prior warning <a snap election>

  3. 3 :  fastening with a snap <a snap lock>

  4. 4 :  unusually easy or simple <a snap course>

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