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

Wilshere would prove a snip at only 26, and Yaya Touré would bring a brilliant winning mentality into Mourinho's group. SI.com, "Man Utd Could Look to Former Juventus Scout as Red Devils Look to Emulate Genius Transfer Policy," 20 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, finely snipped chives, sherry vinegar, black pepper, and salt. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Peach, Blue Cheese, and Walnut Salad," 25 July 2018 Even when tumbling through an open-plan improvisation, the two don’t seem to be jockeying or sniping. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Janelle Monáe Feels the Funk, and 13 More New Songs," 23 Feb. 2018 Spoon colors into separate small zip-top bags and snip a 1/8-inch hole in one corner of each bag. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Pine Tree Cake," 9 Nov. 2016 Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight and Nate Cohn (who, at the Times, is one of the needle’s masterminds) sniped at each other about the assumptions built into their models; everyone got really huffy about correlated errors for a few days. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 To harvest, snip the microgreens right above the soil line when their first true leaves unfurl (about seven to 14 days after germination, depending on the green). Willi Evans Galloway, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Microgreens Indoors at Home," 22 Aug. 2018 The buck-passing over the subway came into view this week as de Blasio and Cuomo sniped at each other over a $19 billion proposal to overhaul the subway. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "New York City’s subway disaster now has its own 8-bit video game," 26 May 2018 Each member of the trio snipes at the others, experiences hatred and obsession, and drives the others crazy. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Bad Times at the El Royale turns a once-glamorous hotel into purgatory, with mixed results," 3 Oct. 2018 The legislature ought to punish Milwaukee for flouting the law by, say, snipping its share of state funding. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Milwaukee’s Public School Barricade," 13 Aug. 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
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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