gin·​ger·​snap ˈjin-jər-ˌsnap How to pronounce gingersnap (audio)
: a thin brittle cookie sweetened with molasses and flavored with ginger

Examples of gingersnap in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cascio walked past a tiny machine for making gingersnaps and a small burglar-proof safe, before stopping in front of a tin evaporating pan, accessorized with rotating brass blades and powered by a wooden wheel. Nicola Twilley, The New Yorker, 12 Mar. 2024 The tin decorated in Magnolia’s signature colors includes two dozen spritz cookies, chocolate peppermint bark and six of each of beloved cookie flavors like jammy thumbprint, snickerdoodle and gingersnap. Anna Haines, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 From 4 to 7 p.m. For $110, guests can get cauliflower steak, striped bass, rib eye and various desserts like apple pie snicker doodle, gingersnap and doughnuts. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 6 Dec. 2023 These martinis also pair beautifully with dessert, including fresh fruit tarts, lava cakes, brownies, pumpkin pie, gingersnap cookies, and more. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 Cranberry Tart With Gingersnap Cookie Crust Aaron Hutcherson’s stunning but approachable dessert features a crimson curd and press-in gingersnap cookie crust. Becky Krystal, Washington Post, 12 Nov. 2023 For the crust, make sure to use only very thin, very crisp, wafer-style gingersnaps. Claire Saffitz, New York Times, 9 Nov. 2023 Can also substitute with other ground, crisp cookies like gingersnaps or lemon thins. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 3 Nov. 2023 Graham crackers, shortbread cookies, gingersnaps, or any crisp cookie (even Oreos) will work for making rum balls. Southern Living Test Kitchen, Southern Living, 22 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of gingersnap was in 1805

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“Gingersnap.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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gin·​ger·​snap ˈjin-jər-ˌsnap How to pronounce gingersnap (audio)
: a thin brittle cookie flavored with ginger
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