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 Now, Windows Ink will link more directly to the Microsoft Whiteboard app, and also be able to perform a full-screen screen capture, or snip. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Windows 10: What to expect in the next two releases," 14 Aug. 2019 There may be a lot of baggage around bangs, but with benefits like this, a strategic snip may be in your best interest. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson Puts a ’70s Spin on the Power Ponytail," 2 Aug. 2019 While a club record signing and £54m fee is hard to justify as a bargain at the surface level, in the transfer market of today, where Tyrone Mings costs £20m and Lewis Dunk is apparently worth £45m, Tanguy Ndombele is a snip at that price. SI.com, "Tanguy Ndombele: Why Tottenham's Record Transfer Is the Bargain Signing of the Summer," 28 July 2019 Ideally, the technique barricades the virus and snips each strand of the outbreak’s expanding web. Los Angeles Times, "Why the long-awaited Ebola vaccine won’t end the Congo outbreak," 25 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Transfer each to a resealable bag with the corner snipped off. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Bewitching Candy Truffles," 13 Sep. 2019 To alter the properties of these materials, Collins and his team turned to a form of CRISPR that uses a DNA-snipping enzyme called Cas12a. Ewen Callaway, Scientific American, "Gene Editing Transforms Gel into Shape-Shifting Smart Material," 23 Aug. 2019 Spoon the dough into a piping bag or a gallon freezer bag and snip off a 1-inch opening. Dallas News, "3 Indian sweets with a twist from our favorite new cookbook 'Milk & Cardamom'," 12 Aug. 2019 The wild-man stories suit a popular view of Pollock, just as the insouciant gesture of snipping eight inches off someone else’s canvas suits a certain view of Duchamp. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "A Clear Look at Jackson Pollock’s Breakthrough Painting, “Mural”," 29 July 2019 Transfer to a zip-top bag and snip a small hole in one corner. Tara Bench, Country Living, "Boarded-Up Window Caramel Nut Tart," 6 Sep. 2019 Trump, in suggesting that the four U.S. citizens self-deport, prompted the Speaker to stop sniping at them and to fire back at him. Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker, "Donald Trump’s Idea of Selective Citizenship," 21 July 2019 On Tuesday, when the big blue scissors snipped the gold ribbon, what seemed an impossible dream became a reality. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Chase Center ribbon cutting: Impossible dream becomes Warriors’ reality," 3 Sep. 2019 Pelosi noted that the Squad had mustered only four votes in an immigration controversy, and Ocasio-Cortez sniped back that Pelosi had shown a pattern of disrespect for brown and black women. Nr Editors, National Review, "The Week," 25 July 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

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28 Sep 2019

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The first known use of snip was in 1558

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snip

noun
How to pronounce snip (audio)

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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