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snippet

[snip-it]
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noun
  1. a small piece snipped off; a small bit, scrap, or fragment: an anthology of snippets.
  2. Informal. a small or insignificant person.

Origin of snippet

First recorded in 1655–65; snip + -et
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Examples from the Web for snippet

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Historical Examples

  • "Snippet" was not in his dictionary, but he didn't like the sound of it.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I dare say Snippet has put it out of place," said big brother James.

  • This was a mixture of picture-puns and broken words, after the fashion of the dreary puzzles still published in snippet weeklies.

  • She would have taken for granted that the pair wished to be alone together, though she would have regarded this only as a snippet.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The same scans are indexed by Google Books, but only accessible as snippet view.


British Dictionary definitions for snippet

snippet

noun
  1. a small scrap or fragment
Derived Formssnippetiness, nounsnippety, adjective

Word Origin

C17: from snip + -et
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snippet

n.

1660s, from snip (n.) + diminutive suffix -et.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper