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also sneap, "to be hard upon, rebuke, revile, snub," early 14c., from Old Norse sneypa "to outrage, dishonor, disgrace," probably related to similar-sounding words meaning "cut" (cf. snip (v.)). Verbal meaning "bevel the end (of a timber) to fit an inclined surface" is of uncertain origin or connection. Snaiping "rebuking, reproaching, reviling" is attested from early 14c.

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  • Then Mr. snape encountered a terrible disappointment, and Mr. Cœlebs was driven to confess his own disgrace.

    Is He Popenjoy? Anthony Trollope
  • So sorry to hear your Husband's met with an Accident, Mrs. snape.

  • "'Tw'u'd take something bigger'n a smack," observed Mr. snape, looking askance to see how Noll grasped the precious parcel.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • The Signal people had hired the processional portion of snape's for the late afternoon and early evening.

  • "Ye'll find the weather a tough un, bime-by," drawled Mr. snape, as he rolled a flour-barrel up the sand.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • "'Twon't take him long to find out arter he gets there," drawled Mr. snape.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • The Signal would have telephoned to snape's, but for the fact that a circus is never on the telephone.

  • Mr. snape had taken the tiller, and Noll stood leaning over the rail by him, eager and watchful for the first look at Culm.

    Culm Rock Glance Gaylord
  • snape is a dialect word for boggy ground, and Wong means a meadow.

    The Romance of Names Ernest Weekley

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