or screen shot

[ skreen-shot ]
/ ˈskrinˌʃɒt /


Also called screen capture. a copy or image of what is seen on a computer screen at a given time: Save the screenshot as a graphics file.

verb (used with object) screen·shot or screen·shot·ted, screen·shot·ting.

to take a screenshot of: You can screenshot the error message and send it to me.

Nearby words

  1. screenland,
  2. screeno,
  3. screenplay,
  4. screensaver,
  5. screenshort,
  6. screenwriter,
  7. screet,
  8. screever,
  9. screigh,
  10. screw

Origin of screenshot

1980–85; 1940–45 for an earlier sense; screen + shot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for screenshot


/ (ˈskriːnˌʃɒt) /


an image created by copying part or all of the display on a computer screen at a particular moment, for example in order to demonstrate the use of a piece of software
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 screenshot



by 1991, from (computer) screen (n.) + shot (n.) in the photograph sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper