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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Splashy styles, such as Chanel’s quilted lambskin flask (a snip at $4,895), bring status and fanfare to maximalists who actively seek out those qualities in this part of town. Natalie Rigg, Los Angeles Times, 26 May 2021 With a prayer and a snip of scissors, the work of scores of Indianapolis community members and religious leaders came to fruition early Friday afternoon — the state’s first transitional housing program for homeless LGBTQ youth officially opened. Lawrence Andrea, The Indianapolis Star, 30 Apr. 2021 After each victory, Loyola players celebrated with her on the court, giving her a snip of cut-down nets as confetti fell around her. Shannon Ryan, chicagotribune.com, 13 Mar. 2021 Most got a small snip while the two biggest pieces of net were floating all over Coleman Coliseum in the aftermath. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, 3 Mar. 2021 Win + Shift + S) to create a snip of your screen and paste it directly into a folder of your choice in File Explorer to save the screenshot there. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, 1 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 14 Jan. 2020 And the snip of a barber’s scissors fills the air again. Washington Post, 18 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Same as new-wood hydrangeas, using a pair of hand pruners, snip off about 1/3 of the total size of the plant. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 20 May 2021 The machine before him, shipped from China, was supposed to snip and attach surgical mask ear loops. Tom Simonite, Wired, 17 May 2021 Transfer buttercream to a piping bag fitted with a 1M or 1B piping tip (or simply snip off a corner of the bag). Kate Merker, Country Living, 27 Apr. 2021 Clip the on-site coupon at Amazon to slash $20 off the price, then snip another $20.99 by checking out with the promo code NRKOF8IQ. Maren Estrada, BGR, 5 Mar. 2021 Or keep it, then snip the ear loops later before putting the PPE in the trash. Jeff Kart, Forbes, 11 Apr. 2021 One by one, players climbed the ladder to snip a part of a net cord. Michelle Gardner, The Arizona Republic, 2 Apr. 2021 Looking to grab some tomatoes from your balcony or snip some fresh basil in your backyard? Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 29 Mar. 2021 Special to The Courier Journal NEW CASTLE, Ky. – One by one, the Oldham County High School Colonels took turns going up the stepladder to snip a piece of the net inside Henry County's gym. Steve Bittenbender, The Courier-Journal, 30 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'snip.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about snip

Statistics for snip

Last Updated

31 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Snip.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snip. Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for snip

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

More from Merriam-Webster on snip

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for snip

Nglish: Translation of snip for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of snip for Arabic Speakers

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Name that Thing: Dog Breeds

True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!