sneap

verb
\ ˈsnēp How to pronounce sneap (audio) \
sneaped; sneaping; sneaps

Definition of sneap

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 archaic : to blast or blight with cold : nip
2 dialectal, England : chide

sneap

noun

Definition of sneap (Entry 2 of 2)

archaic

First Known Use of sneap

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1597, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sneap

Verb

Middle English snaipen to injure, nip, rebuke, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Icelandic sneypa to scold — more at snub

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“Sneap.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sneap. Accessed 25 Jan. 2022.

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