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snip

noun \ ˈsnip \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of snip

1 a : 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

Examples of snip in a Sentence

  1. cleared out the snips of paper that had been clogging the machine

  2. that antique urn that we bought at London's Portobello Road Market was a real snip

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Origin and Etymology of snip

from or akin to Dutch & Low German snip; akin to Middle High German snipfen to snap the fingers


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snip

verb

Definition of snip

snipped; snipping
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

snipper

noun

Examples of snip in a Sentence

  1. He snipped some fresh herbs from plants on the windowsill.

  2. snipping pictures out of magazines

  3. She snipped at the hanging strings.

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First Known Use of snip

1586

snip Synonyms

Synonyms
bob, crop, cut, cut back, dock, lop (off), nip, pare, poll, prune, shave, shear, clip, trim
Related Words
skive, whittle; manicure, mow; pinch, stump; curtail, shorten
Near Antonyms
elongate, extend, lengthen

SNIP Defined for English Language Learners

snip

noun

Definition of snip for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of snip for English Language Learners

  • : to cut (something) with scissors : to remove (something) by cutting with scissors


SNIP Defined for Kids

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snip

noun \ ˈsnip \

Definition of snip for Students

1 : a small piece that is clipped off
  • snips of paper
2 : an act or sound of clipping

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snip

verb

Definition of snip for Students

snipped; snipping
: to cut or cut off with or as if with shears or scissors


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