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verb \ˈsnach\

Simple Definition of snatch

  • : to take (something) quickly or eagerly

  • : to take (something or someone) suddenly from a person or place often by using force

Full Definition of snatch

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to attempt to seize something suddenly

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to take or grasp abruptly or hastily <snatch up a pen> <snatched the first opportunity>; also :  to seize or take suddenly without permission, ceremony, or right <snatched a kiss>

snatch·er noun

Examples of snatch

  1. An eagle swooped down and snatched one of the hens.

  2. She snatched the toy from his hands.

Origin of snatch

Middle English snacchen to snap, seize; akin to Middle Dutch snacken to snap at

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of snatch

take, seize, grasp, clutch, snatch, grab mean to get hold of by or as if by catching up with the hand. take is a general term applicable to any manner of getting something into one's possession or control <take some salad from the bowl>. seize implies a sudden and forcible movement in getting hold of something tangible or an apprehending of something fleeting or elusive when intangible <seized the suspect>. grasp stresses a laying hold so as to have firmly in possession <grasp the handle and pull>. clutch suggests avidity or anxiety in seizing or grasping and may imply less success in holding <clutching her purse>. snatch suggests more suddenness or quickness but less force than seize <snatched a doughnut and ran>. grab implies more roughness or rudeness than snatch <grabbed roughly by the arm>.

Rhymes with snatch




Simple Definition of snatch

  • : a small part of something

Full Definition of snatch

  1. 1a :  a brief period <caught snatches of sleep>b :  a brief, fragmentary, or hurried part :  bit <caught snatches of the conversation>

  2. 2a :  a snatching at or of somethingb slang :  an act or instance of kidnapping

  3. 3 :  a lift in weight lifting in which the weight is raised from the floor directly to an overhead position in a single motion — compare clean and jerk, press

  4. 4 usually vulgar :  the female pudenda

Examples of snatch

  1. <to the police chief, it didn't look like a snatch, but another case of a bride-to-be getting cold feet>


First Known Use of snatch


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