\ ˈsnərp, -nə̄p\

Definition of snurp

dialectal, England
: to contract into a shriveled form : go to pieces

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History and Etymology for snurp

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish snäipa to shrivel up, contract, Norwegian snerpa, Danish snerpe; akin to Old High German snerfan to contract, shrivel up, Old Norse snarpr rough, sharp, Gothic atsnarpjan to touch, and perhaps to Old English nearu narrow

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