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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The model graced social media yesterday with a quick clip—featuring some iconic audio from Legally Blonde—that showcased some fresh fringe and had followers contemplating a similar snip. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, 14 Sep. 2022 Others, from taking scissors to their hair to hear that satisfying snip. Sam Reed, Glamour, 22 Aug. 2022 Different types of bangs can instantly transform your face and hairstyle, but chopping off that much length in one snip can be scary. Jessica Prince Erlich, Allure, 30 Apr. 2022 Taking the plunge and opting for a short hairstyle can seem like a daunting prospect, but there is nothing like a good snip to revive tired ends, bring movement into lengths, and seriously shake up a look. Hannah Coates, Vogue, 20 Jan. 2022 For the cut, Gaines' long strands were gathered into pigtails, and Joanna made the first snip. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 27 Aug. 2021 This is what happens when the entire neighborhood shows up (virtually) for what people might think is a block party, but which quickly devolves into a snip-fest. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2021 This is what happens when the entire neighborhood shows up (virtually) for what people might think is a block party, but which quickly devolves into a snip-fest. Amy Dickinson, chicagotribune.com, 15 Aug. 2021 This is what happens when the entire neighborhood shows up (virtually) for what people might think is a block party, but which quickly devolves into a snip-fest. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of pulling leaves apart by hand or mincing herbs with a kitchen knife, break out these scissors and snip away. Alyssa Gautieri, Good Housekeeping, 28 July 2022 How to deadhead roses depends on their type, but in general, the easiest way is to snip off the spent rose at the end of its short stem, above any foliage. Deb Wiley, Better Homes & Gardens, 24 Aug. 2022 Fresh herbs might take a little extra time to chiffonade, snip, strip, and more, but the end result will be well worth your effort. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Aug. 2022 Finish the farmhouse Thanksgiving centerpiece with beets, pears, small gourds, and a couple of white spider mums. Stroll through your yard and snip a few branches with colorful leaves or berries. Megan Boettcher, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2022 At the end of the pilgrimage, one of the key pillars of Islam, men are expected to shave their heads, and women to snip a lock of hair in a sign of renewal. Amr Nabil, BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2022 Once my hair had been washed and towel-dried, Grace started to snip inches off my ends using the razor cutting technique. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, 15 Apr. 2022 Snip, snip… SEC filings show that Fidelity is marking down its valuations of Reddit, Stripe, TikTok owner ByteDance, and Instacart—at least for reporting purposes, according to a new Bloomberg story. Jessica Mathews, Fortune, 1 June 2022 Tie off the wire in front of the feathers with a whip finish, snip the wire and yarn, and trim the feather ends close to the fly body in front of the wire wrap toward the eye. Aleta Burchyski, Outside Online, 20 May 2020 See More

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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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Last Updated

28 Sep 2022

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“Snip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snip. Accessed 1 Oct. 2022.

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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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