snap·​back | \ˈsnap-ˌbak \

Definition of snapback 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a football snap

2 : a sudden rebound or recovery a snapback of prices on the stock exchange

snap back


Definition of snap back (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to make a quick or vigorous recovery

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Examples of snapback in a Sentence


the doctor predicted a quick snapback for the rugged young soldier


teenagers will often snap back remarkably quickly analysts hoped that the economy would snap back over the next few months
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Photo: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg News Beyond the bond proxies, there are other signs of investors taking out protection against a snapback. Akane Otani, WSJ, "‘Safety’ Stocks Drive September Market Rally," 19 Sep. 2018 Each month has a different theme and includes merchandise, from aprons to snapbacks to... salami socks. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Katz's Deli Will Now Ship Pastrami to Your Door," 1 June 2018 That would be the biker-esque snapback bandana headbands worn across the center of the forehead and paired with hairstylist Guido Palau’s latest take on gritty Wang girl hair. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Star-Spangled Braids! Biker Bandanas! Alexander Wang Has the Answer to Your July 4th Weekend Beauty," 4 June 2018 Axl Rose bandannas with snapback cap closures and American flags. Matthew Schneier, New York Times, "This Is Alexander Wang’s America," 4 June 2018 In the weeks following the birth of her first child with boyfriend Travis Scott, Kylie has mainly been using social media to show share adorable pictures of Stormi and to flaunt her insane snapback progress. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Kylie Jenner Flaunts Her Bare Stomach 7 Weeks After Giving Birth to Stormi," 26 Mar. 2018 European officials are wary of committing to an automatic sanctions snapback for activities allowed under the 2015 accord. Laurence Norman, WSJ, "Macron, Merkel Set to Visit Trump With Iran Deal Hanging in the Balance," 19 Apr. 2018 Breakfast is finished and Barkley walks outside, decked head-to-toe in Nike gear—track pants, hoodie, jacket and backward snapback, all black. Ben Baskin,, "Face of the NFL? Saquon Barkley Has a Plan," 18 Apr. 2018 If that were true, that would be a concern, because that would suggest a snapback in wages and prices. WSJ, "Transcript: WSJ Interview With Atlanta Fed President Raphael Bostic," 30 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of snapback


1887, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1945, in the meaning defined above

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