plural in form but singular or plural in construction
: hand shears used especially for cutting sheet metal

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Teixeira snips, staples, and stitches, maneuvering a pair of two-foot rods designed for obese patients whose girth keeps the surgeon more than an arm’s length away. Bijal P Trivedi, Discover Magazine, 24 Oct. 2012 With just a few snips, Kardashian transformed her look in the best way. Kara Nesvig, Allure, 16 Dec. 2022 On thicker stems, such as rose bushes, butterfly bushes and peonies, use a pair of garden snips or pruners to make the cut. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, 8 Nov. 2022 Curly and wavy cuts, on the other hand, can be managed at home with the help of curling creams, while buzzed cuts can require weekly or bi-weekly snips. Ann Wang, Seventeen, 9 Nov. 2022 Add leftover snips of wheat to votive holders (securing with twine). Charlyne Mattox, Country Living, 14 Sep. 2022 The key is to start small with a few careful snips — and to go slow. Jessica Teich, Good Housekeeping, 13 Sep. 2022 Until then, Twitter offers communication in 280-word snips -- and poses a challenge unlike any Musk has faced so far. Marc Fisher, Christian Davenport And Faiz Siddiqui, Anchorage Daily News, 15 May 2022 Not many can boast the Sun Joe MJ401E corded electric model's tough steel blade, which neatly and evenly snips grass in just one pass. Better Homes & Gardens, 4 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1846, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snips was in 1846

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Cite this Entry

“Snips.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


noun plural
: hand shears used especially for cutting sheet metal
tin snips

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