snip

noun
\ˈsnip \

Definition of snip 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a small piece that is snipped off also : fragment, bit

b : a cut or notch made by snipping

c : an act or sound of snipping

2 : a white or light mark especially : a white spot between the nostrils of a horse

3 : a presumptuous or impertinent person especially : an impertinent or saucy girl

4 British : bargain, buy

snip

verb
snipped; snipping

Definition of snip (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to cut or cut off with or as if with shears or scissors snipped the stray threads specifically : to clip suddenly or by bits

intransitive verb

: to make a short quick cut with or as if with shears or scissors

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Other Words from snip

Verb

snipper noun

Examples of snip in a Sentence

Noun

cleared out the snips of paper that had been clogging the machine that antique urn that we bought at London's Portobello Road Market was a real snip

Verb

He snipped some fresh herbs from plants on the windowsill. snipping pictures out of magazines She snipped at the hanging strings.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The report states that the Lilywhites would be required to table a bid in the region of £22m in order to capture the pacy wide man, a snip of what would be expected in today's market. SI.com, "Liverpool Fans Berate Club as Tottenham Close In on £22m-Rated PSG Winger Lucas Moura," 26 Jan. 2018 Chefs snip herbs and other greens from the shelves to prepare the day's meals. Nicole Zelniker, USA TODAY, "Startup Farmshelf aims to let restaurants, homeowners grow their own veggies," 3 July 2018 With kitchen shears, snip noodles 3 or 4 times to shorten and untangle; set aside. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Vietnamese Shrimp and Vegetable Rolls," 13 June 2016 One snip of the scissors and the fat fell away, leaving an incredibly tender steak blessedly free of the greasy gristle and chewy char found on the other steaks my parents tried to force on me. Bill Daley, chicagotribune.com, "In praise of filet mignon: Maligned by chefs yet still beloved," 14 June 2018 The general consensus is that the centre back will be available to leave the Signal Iduna Park for around £17m - a snip in today's market. SI.com, "Jose Mourinho Reportedly Phones Arsenal Target & Dortmund Star as Man Utd Eye Potential Deal," 24 May 2018 But while the ceremonial event concluded with a snip of the ribbon, converting the former Superfund site to a boater-friendly facility was a cumbersome process that stretched out over the better part of a decade. Bob Warren, NOLA.com, "Slidell Superfund site becomes marina with snip of ribbon - and years of work," 18 May 2018 First, using a pair of clean scissors, insert one blade into head-end of shrimp and snip along backside all the way to the tail to expose the vein. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Shrimp and No-Stir Grits," 14 May 2018 With the snip of a ceremonial cigar rather than a ribbon, Live Casino & Hotel officially opened the Orchid Gaming & Smoking Patio on Thursday. baltimoresun.com, "Live Casino & Hotel opens smoking and gaming patio," 3 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

But Gillespie didn't just let hairstylist Guido snip her hair into a chest-grazing style or even a chin-length bob — Guido gave Gillespie a breathtaking pixie cut with blunt bangs. Marci Robin, Allure, "Model Lucan Gillespie Cut Three Feet Off Her Hair Into a Pixie for Miu Miu's Runway Show," 2 July 2018 And their greens can be snipped into all sorts of daring ’dos. Leah Eskin, chicagotribune.com, "Herb-flecked butter makes rich contrast to bite of radishes," 3 Apr. 2018 Kerwin Roach and Matt Coleman were sniping threes from deep. San Antonio Express-News, "Longhorns’ season ends in heartbreak," 16 Mar. 2018 Simply snip a 3-4-inch-long portion at a node and place in water. Sunset, "How to Propagate Your Houseplants," 22 Jan. 2018 The process takes under three minutes: After determining the length of your chain, one of Catbird’s bench jewelers will snip it to size, wrap it around your wrist, and delicately hook the two ends together. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Catbird’s New “Welding Annex” Offers Permanent Jewelry—For Under $100," 12 July 2018 In bowl, toss bacon with snipped chives and chopped flat-leaf parsley and zest of 1 lemon. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Burger Bar Toppings," 21 June 2018 The very precise Crispr technology, which snips DNA to introduce or excise genetic material, can be programmed to target a genetic sequence known to reside only in a specific genome. Wired.com Staff, WIRED, "WIRED’S Predictions for Bots, Blockchains, Crispr, and More," 22 May 2018 Standing before huge stacks of paper that were supposed to represent reams of federal regulations, Trump took out a pair of scissors and snipped a long red ribbon. Ben Joravsky, Chicago Reader, "News / Politics / Weed Week Trump’s war on medical marijuana putting Illinois dispensaries at 'risk'," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of snip

Noun

1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1586, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for snip

Noun

from or akin to Dutch & Low German snip; akin to Middle High German snipfen to snap the fingers

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snip

noun

English Language Learners Definition of snip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small piece that is cut from something : a small piece that is snipped

: an act or the sound of snipping something

: something bought or sold for a good price

snip

verb

English Language Learners Definition of snip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut (something) with scissors : to remove (something) by cutting with scissors

snip

noun
\ˈsnip \

Kids Definition of snip

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a small piece that is clipped off snips of paper

2 : an act or sound of clipping

snip

verb
snipped; snipping

Kids Definition of snip (Entry 2 of 2)

: to cut or cut off with or as if with shears or scissors

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