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snap·​back ˈsnap-ˌbak How to pronounce snapback (audio)
: a football snap
: a sudden rebound or recovery
a snapback of prices on the stock exchange

snap back

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snapped back; snapping back; snaps back

intransitive verb

: to make a quick or vigorous recovery

Examples of snapback in a Sentence

Noun the doctor predicted a quick snapback for the rugged young soldier Verb teenagers will often snap back remarkably quickly analysts hoped that the economy would snap back over the next few months
Recent Examples on the Web
The Houston rager used his creative vision to blend the worlds of collegiate sports with streetwear for a merchandise run that includes snapback hats, hoodies, T-shirts, shorts, sweatpants, crewnecks and backpacks. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 4 Apr. 2024 Two pieces that will be must-haves for any J Dilla fan are the gray Welcome to Detroit hoodie and the accompanying crisp snapback. Michael Saponara, Billboard, 6 Mar. 2024 Labor market grew 353,000 in January, soaring past expectations The sudden snapback in demand sent inflation soaring. Meryl Kornfield, Washington Post, 27 Feb. 2024 With his accessories, the musician artfully tip-toed the line between formal and casual, pairing sleek black dress shoes with a backward snapback — a Justin staple — in white, to match his undershirt. Bailey Richards, Peoplemag, 13 Dec. 2023 While Justin donned black oversized trousers and an equally oversized suit jacket with a white shirt and white snapback, Hailey stood out in a red jacket and a statement red lip. Kirsty Hatcher, Peoplemag, 29 Dec. 2023 Videos from the night show the Grammy winner sporting a cropped blonde wig, white snapback and bikini bottoms on stage. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 1 Dec. 2023 Larry Adam, chief investment officer at Raymond James, says the growing popularity of bets against Treasurys sets bonds up for an abrupt snapback that could send yields quickly and sharply lower. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, 25 Oct. 2023 This five-panel cap is a fresh take on the classic trucker hat, refreshed with the Latin Music Week logo, clean two-tone colorway and adjustable snapback fit. Tim Chan, Billboard, 31 July 2023
Even after schools reopened, things hardly snapped back to normal. Sarah Mervosh, New York Times, 28 Mar. 2024 By adorning relatively slow and simple melodies with quick grace notes, Moctar turns his electric guitar into something flickering and unstable, with pitches that seem to warp in and out of each other, changing for slivers of moments before snapping back into their familiar previous shapes. Eric Torres, Pitchfork, 26 Mar. 2024 Skin elasticity represents the skin’s ability to snap back to its original shape, which is easy to notice when applying makeup, for example. Essence, 12 Jan. 2024 Since this energy is strong today, crossing wires that would normally fall neatly in line, make an effort to explain your intentions calmly before snapping back at anyone else., Hartford Courant, 2 Jan. 2024 But the shifts have not been profound enough to prevent an older vintage of Islamophobia from snapping back into place. Hafiz Rashid, The New Republic, 18 Oct. 2023 The riders’ necks snapped back again and again, something like getting rear-ended on the road a dozen times moments after pulling out of your driveway. Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Jan. 2024 Wall Street was quick to clean up the mess, but Treasury trading still hasn't snapped back to normal. Eric Wallerstein, WSJ, 21 Nov. 2023 Hands bleed and callous, muscles tear, oars can snap back and crack a rib. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 24 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of snapback was in 1887

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Cite this Entry

“Snapback.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
snap·​back ˈsnap-ˌbak How to pronounce snapback (audio)
: a sudden rebound or recovery

snap back

2 of 2 verb
: to make a quick recovery
snap back after an illness
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