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

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

Three different kinds of cheese, freshly snipped basil, and sweet tomato sauce puddled with olive oil. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "19 Best Places for Pizza in New York City," 1 Mar. 2018 According to London's Evening Standard, the military at Gatwick is now equipped with signal jammers and a sniping unit in the event of the drone's return. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "We Still Have No Idea How to Deal With Drones," 21 Dec. 2018 Eventually, some sniping naysayer might say these comments seem pretty vapid. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "How to use Instagram like an appropriation artist," 18 Oct. 2018 Truex started slowing snipping bits of Busch's lead off over the last 40 laps, but even if the race had dragged out another 40 laps into overtime, Truex still didn't have enough pure speed to overtake the No. 18. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "Kyle Busch celebrates 'dream come true' at 600, eclipses Earnhardt, Petty ... everyone | Charlotte Observer," 28 May 2018 Simply snip off a 4-inch stem with leaves on it and put it in a pot filled with a soilless medium, such as vermiculite. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow the Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 9 Aug. 2018 Even in types that don’t re-bloom, snipping off old flowers improves the plant's vigor. Arricca Sansone, Country Living, "How to Grow Daisy Flowers," 1 Aug. 2018 On the other end of the spectrum is a salon-style treatment (shampooing, snipping, styling, prolonged fine-tuning) like the one offered by stylist Mackenzey Forrey for $125 at Bumble and Bumble salon in New York. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Your Haircut Is (Probably) Too Cheap," 18 July 2018 If the bottom roots are dry and brown, snip them off, leaving the plump, light-colored ones. Jean Nick, Good Housekeeping, "It's Incredibly Easy To Grow Healing Aloe Vera At Home—Here's How," 14 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

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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