verb (used without object), snapped, snap·ping.
verb (used with object), snapped, snap·ping.
- to come to attention: The troops snapped to when the colonel walked in.
- to shape up: If you don't snap to and study, you'll flunk the course.
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Idioms for snap
Origin of snap
OTHER WORDS FROM snapsnapless, adjectivesnap·pa·ble, adjectivesnap·ping·ly, adverb
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH snapschnapps, snaps
Words nearby snap
Definition for snap (2 of 2)
Origin of SNAP
What is a basic definition of snap?
Snap is a verb that means to break something suddenly. Snap is also used to mean to cause something to make a sharp noise. Snap is used informally as a noun to mean something is easy. Snap has many other senses as both a verb and a noun.
Snap refers to something breaking without warning, especially if it makes a loud noise.
Real-life examples: Tree limbs may snap during a storm. When a limb breaks, it usually does so loudly. You may snap your pencil into two pieces when struggling with a math problem. When you’re feeling generous, you may snap a chocolate bar in half to share with a friend.
Used in a sentence: He snapped the cane in half over his knee.
Snap is also used to mean to cause something to make a sudden, loud noise.
Real-life examples: This sense of snap almost always refers to a noise a person can make by quickly rubbing their fingers together. An impatient boss may snap their fingers to get workers to move faster or your teacher may snap their fingers to get the class’s attention. A whip or rope may also be snapped by flicking it quickly so that it makes a loud cracking noise.
Used in a sentence: I don’t know how to snap my fingers.
Snap is used informally as a noun to mean something doesn’t take much effort or pays a lot of money for not much work. The word breeze is used informally to mean this same thing.
Real-life examples: Some things that could be considered a snap include a very easy test, babysitting a child that sleeps the entire time, or getting paid to do something you were going to do anyway.
Used in a sentence: After studying hard last night, that test was a snap and I passed it easily.
Where does snap come from?
The first records of snap come from around the 1490s. It comes from the Middle Dutch or Middle Low German word snappen meaning “to bite” or “to seize.” Both of these senses are still used today. If a dog snaps at you, it is trying to bite you. If you snap up a good deal, you seize it really fast.
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What are some other forms related to snap?
- snapless (adjective)
- snappable (adjective)
- snappingly (adverb)
What are some synonyms for snap?
What are some words that share a root or word element with snap?
What are some words that often get used in discussing snap?
How is snap used in real life?
Snap is a commonly used word. Several of its meanings are related to breaking or cracking.
still can't belive that my bike basically snapped in half while I was on my way to work this morning
— Elon Tusk (@josh_mair) November 21, 2020
Wish I could snap my fingers and have the whole house cleaned. I need a smart house 🏡.
— ME (@lookN4substance) November 21, 2020
Day 5: elevator is still broken
Plan of action: design parachute with reversible technology. Jumping on and off the 6 floor will be a snap.
— taylor phillips (@philltay000) February 2, 2015
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If something is a snap, that means that it is:
Example sentences from the Web for snap
They were snapped before the spacecraft officially began collecting science data.
That proved useful in early 2019, when SubX forecasts foresaw, weeks before it happened, the severe cold snap that hit the United States in late January and early February.Improved three-week weather forecasts could save lives from disaster|Alexandra Witze|August 27, 2020|Science News
People stuck at home have been snapping up them up while the number of the consoles produced has tumbled because of shuttered factories.Gamers, get ready: Nintendo’s Switch should be available again soon. But maybe not for long|dzanemorris|August 26, 2020|Fortune
The scientists used the Very Large Telescope in Chile to snap the photo.A weird cousin of our solar system is caught on camera|Lisa Grossman|August 26, 2020|Science News For Students
He trekked to a mountaintop in Wyoming with a special camera to snap polarized pictures of the corona just as the moon blocked the sun.Check out the first-ever map of the solar corona’s magnetic field|Lisa Grossman|August 21, 2020|Science News
There is just no way of selling this picture with an innocent defense like, “she just asked for a snap.”Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’|Tom Sykes|January 4, 2015|DAILY BEAST
For days, the ruble has been falling and salaries shrinking; shoppers have rushed to snap up TV sets and washing machines.After His Disastrous Annual Press Conference, Putin Needs A Hug|Anna Nemtsova|December 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After curing the elderly of their semi-suicidal depression, winning the White House must seem like a snap.Ben Carson’s Bizarrely Serious, Seriously Bizarre Campaign Crew|Olivia Nuzzi|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That Snapchat deceptively told its users that the sender would be notified if a recipient took a screenshot of a snap.‘The Snappening’ Is Real: 90,000 Private Photos and 9,000 Hacked Snapchat Videos Leak Online|Marlow Stern|October 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It means to be all the things that the individuals he turns into storytellers on Snap naturally are, in all their marginality.
Then he closed the spring with a snap, and she let him pass the chain over her hand once more.
You know the fable about the dog who dropped his meat in the water, trying to snap at its reflection?
It was the only thing I needed to snap my last tie with England and brace me for the struggle in America.
The only thing for you to do is to snap your fingers at everything, as we do out here, and see nothing in the future but success.
He gave to every syllable the value of a rap and certain words he terminated with an audible snap of his teeth.Dope|Sax Rohmer
British Dictionary definitions for snap
verb snaps, snapping or snapped
- to dismiss with contempt
- to defy
- cards the word called while playing snap
- an exclamation used to draw attention to the similarity of two things