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

On the back of winning Euro 2012 with Spain and being named in the Team of the Tournament, £11.2m was a snip. SI.com, "50 of the Best Bargain Transfers of All Time," 9 July 2019 Brittany Greeson for The New York Times At dozens of barbershops and laundromats across the United States, the sound of children reading aloud mingles with the buzz and snip from barbers’ tools or the din of washers. New York Times, "Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help," 2 July 2019 Tossing away qubits is like snipping strands in a spider’s web — even a single snip can unravel the whole thing. Quanta Magazine, "A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum Computers," 24 Apr. 2019 There are books, manuscripts, prints, photographs, audio and video elements, and relics—at the Public Library, a lock of his hair, and, at the Grolier, snips that may be from his beard. Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker, "How to Celebrate Walt Whitman’s Two-Hundredth Birthday," 17 June 2019 In addition to the letters, Swinerton provided each of the four students with DeWalt tools, including snips, a folding retractable knife and screwdriver set. Caylor Nuth, Ramona Sentinel, "Montecito students sign pledges to work for Swinerton," 5 June 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Though the guitarist has sniped at the singer in the past — in song, in his memoir and in interviews — this has never been Oasis. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, "With Rolling Stones’ return, Keith Richards looks for peace and quiet — on stage," 29 June 2019 The behavior described by some of his troops is disturbing—seven of his platoon members said that Gallagher spent much of his last tour in Iraq sniping at civilians. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Accused US war criminal Edward Gallagher is out on a technicality," 31 May 2019 Tossing away qubits is like snipping strands in a spider’s web — even a single snip can unravel the whole thing. Quanta Magazine, "A New Approach to Multiplication Opens the Door to Better Quantum Computers," 24 Apr. 2019 Part of the mechanism includes production of the protein Cas9, which snips the DNA that matches the template. Anna Groves, Discover Magazine, "Human Gene Editing is Controversial. Shoukhrat Mitalipov Isn't Deterred," 15 Apr. 2019 Any competent soldier can learn the basics of sniping in an hour. Azad Cudi, Harper's magazine, "Long Shot," 10 Jan. 2019 Of course, months later, to help prune back an overpopulation of destroyers sniping battleships, World of Warships added more cruisers with radar. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "World of Warships dives deep for new players, adding submarines to popular naval combat game," 18 Sep. 2018 The final major piece on this 57-minute track, the untitled snipped arrives at 53:50. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "We inhaled all 16 hours of Radiohead's ‘OK Computer’ sessions. Here are the best bits," 11 June 2019 Capture of Bayeux snipped the railway between Paris and Cherbourg, 45 miles to the northwest, and opened the way for a thrust deepest inland. Houston Chronicle, "FIRST INVASION GOAL REACHED," 9 June 2019

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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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sniggler

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snipe eel

snipefish

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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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