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[snip-it] /ˈsnɪp ɪt/
a small piece snipped off; a small bit, scrap, or fragment:
an anthology of snippets.
Informal. a small or insignificant person.
Origin of snippet
First recorded in 1655-65; snip + -et Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • "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.

    Little Grandmother Sophie May
  • 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.

    Adventures in the Philippine Islands Paul P. de La Gironire
British Dictionary definitions for snippet


a small scrap or fragment
Derived Forms
snippetiness, noun
snippety, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from snip + -et
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for snippet

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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