Idioms

Origin of snap

1485–95; < Dutch or Low German snappen to bite, seize

Related forms

snap·less, adjectivesnap·pa·ble, adjectivesnap·ping·ly, adverb

Can be confused

schnapps snaps
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British Dictionary definitions for snap at

See also snap up

Derived Forms

snapless, adjectivesnappable, adjective

Word Origin for snap

C15: from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snappen to seize; related to Old Norse snapa to snuffle
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Medicine definitions for snap at

snap

[ snăp ]

n.

A short sharp sound; a click. Used especially of cardiac sounds.
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Idioms and Phrases with snap at

snap at


Speak irritably or abruptly to someone, as in This teacher was always snapping at the children. This use of snap transfers an animal's sudden bite at something to a verbal attack. [Late 1500s]

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