snip

noun
\ ˈsnip How to pronounce snip (audio) \

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 Today, a slew of services has changed all that by generating a personalized routine with a few clicks, plus maybe a snip of hair or a swab of saliva. Dianna Mazzone, Allure, "How All Those Personalized Vitamin and Supplement Services Work," 18 Aug. 2020 My entire life as a writer unfolded from that moment of acceptance from C. Michael Curtis and The Atlantic, and the sheer luck of that snip in time feels holy to me. Adrienne Lafrance, The Atlantic, "Let’s All Read More Fiction," 14 Jan. 2020 And the snip of a barber’s scissors fills the air again. Washington Post, "“Get Out! Move!” Belgium relaxes lockdown for lazier nation," 18 May 2020 Hoosiers throughout Central Indiana looking to get a haircut Monday at one of those quick-snip shops such as Great Clips and Sports Clips were met with waits of 180 minutes or more on the online check-in apps. Dana Hunsinger Benbow, Indianapolis Star, "197 minutes: Hoosiers face long waits as many quick-service salons, barbershops reopen," 11 May 2020 In the video, Subintha of @itseightletters puts the dough into a storage bag and snips off the corner to pipe into hot oil. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, "Use This Versatile 2-Ingredient Dough to Make Pizza, Donuts, and More," 19 May 2020 Each snip from a subsequent biopsy showed advanced cancer. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Alleged sex abuse kept a Michigan football player away from doctors for decades. He now has stage 4 cancer," 4 May 2020 Her doctor made the snip, Landy pushed, and the baby came out. Cassandra Willyard, New York Times, "Episiotomy Rates Are Dropping, but Some Doctors Still Snip," 17 Apr. 2020 The rumoured £35m Manchester City paid for him in 2011 is an absolute snip, with the Argentinian scoring 20-plus league goals in six of his eight full seasons with the club. SI.com, "Golden Oldies: The Ultimate Premier League Over-30s XI," 9 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Google doesn’t always snip correctly, like with Question One. Washington Post, "How does Google’s monopoly hurt you? Try these searches.," 19 Oct. 2020 Put small tip on piping bag or snip 1 corner off plastic bag. Mashti Malone's Ice Cream, Woman's Day, "Mashti Malone’s Zoolbia," 9 Oct. 2020 Crispr-Cas9 enables researchers to snip out a piece of the genome and if desired, replace it with another piece of DNA. Brianna Abbott, WSJ, "Nobel Prize in Chemistry Is Awarded for Crispr Gene-Editing Technology," 7 Oct. 2020 Go through your garden once a day and snip off any flowers that are past their peak. Sunset Magazine, "50+ Things to Do in Your Garden Now," 10 Sep. 2020 Small daily tasks turn into tempting opportunities to snip at each other. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "8 Relationship Tips Couples Therapists Are Giving All the Time Right Now," 12 Sep. 2020 By cutting Pablo Sandoval, Giants snip another tie to their glorious past, Ann Killion writes. Taylor Kate Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Briefing: ‘The only evacuation notice we got was a wall of fire’," 11 Sep. 2020 When finished, snip a small slit at the top center of each rectangle. Kris Coronado, Washington Post, "Give birds a reason to visit your backyard with a milk carton feeder," 8 Sep. 2020 Use scissors to snip any remaining stem from the leaf. Kat Craddock, Saveur, "How to Make Your Own Dolmas (Stuffed Grape Leaves) for Perfect Mezze Plates," 21 Apr. 2017

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snip. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for snip

snip

noun
How to pronounce snip (audio)

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
British, informal : 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 How to pronounce snip (audio) \

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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