- to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually followed by at).
- to seize by a sudden or hasty grasp: He snatched the old lady's purse and ran.
- to take, get, secure, etc., suddenly or hastily.
- to rescue or save by prompt action: He snatched the baby from the fire.
- Slang. to kidnap.
- the act or an instance of snatching.
- a sudden motion to seize something; grab: He made a snatch as if to stop her.
- a bit, scrap, or fragment of something: snatches of conversation.
- a brief spell of effort, activity, or any experience: to work in snatches.
- Nautical. a sheave or projecting member serving as a fairlead.
- a brief period of time.
- Slang. an act of kidnapping.
- Slang: Vulgar. vulva; vagina.
- Weightlifting. a lift in which the barbell is brought in a single motion from the floor to an arms-extended position overhead.
Origin of snatch
Examples from the Web for snatching
But in the next instant, Peters is stepping back to the table and snatching up the knife.Synagogue Slay: When Cops Have to Kill
December 10, 2014
I can see the implant in there, and see where the muscle is snatching that implant up.Azealia Banks Opens Up About Her Journey from Stripping to Rap Stardom
November 17, 2014
Complaints of illness, snatching $2,000 from dad, a quick trip to Denver airport—and the three were apparently Syria-bound.How ISIS’s Colorado Girls Were Caught
October 22, 2014
As for the Little Tramp himself, his corpse was reburied in a concrete grave to prevent future snatching.Invasion of the Celebrity Body Snatchers, From Charlie Chaplin to Casey Kasem
July 19, 2014
Brooks: [Snatching up the receiver as the phone rings] This is Mel Brooks.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
I may have lost what He gave; but far from snatching it from me He would have had me keep it.The Conquest of Fear
I opened the door of his cage and, snatching the puppy, fled.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
He leapt for joy at her words, and snatching at his sword, which had been left to him, buckled it on.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
See,' he said, snatching some printed forms from the table. 'Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
At last then she was snatching from her rival the lover of whom she had so long been jealous!The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
- (tr) to seize or grasp (something) suddenly or peremptorilyhe snatched the chocolate out of my hand
- (intr usually foll by at) to seize or attempt to seize suddenly
- (tr) to take hurriedlyto snatch some sleep
- (tr) to remove suddenlyshe snatched her hand away
- (tr) to gain, win, or rescue, esp narrowlythey snatched victory in the closing seconds
- (tr) (in weightlifting) to lift (a weight) with a snatch
- snatch one's time Australian informal to leave a job, taking whatever pay is due
- an act of snatching
- a fragment or small incomplete partsnatches of conversation
- a brief spellsnatches of time off
- weightlifting a lift in which the weight is raised in one quick motion from the floor to an overhead position
- slang, mainly US an act of kidnapping
- British slang a robberya diamond snatch
Word Origin and History for snatching
early 13c., "make a sudden snap or bite" (at something), of uncertain origin; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *snæccan or Middle Dutch snacken "to snatch, chatter." Cf. snack (n.). Meaning "lay hold of suddenly" is from early 14c.; especially "take from someone's hands" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928. Related: Snatched; snatching.
c.1300, "a trap, snare," from snatch (v.). Meaning "a sudden grab" is from 1570s; that of "a small amount" is from 1590s. Sense in weight-lifting is from 1928. Vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded from 1903; a much older venereal sense was "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s).