Nearby words

  1. snakeskin,
  2. snakestone,
  3. snakeweed,
  4. snakewood,
  5. snaky,
  6. snap at,
  7. snap back,
  8. snap bean,
  9. snap brim,
  10. snap course


Origin of snap

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

Related formssnap·less, adjectivesnap·pa·ble, adjectivesnap·ping·ly, adverb

Can be confusedschnapps snaps Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for snap to


verb snaps, snapping or snapped

to break or cause to break suddenly, esp with a sharp sound
to make or cause to make a sudden sharp cracking sound
(intr) to give way or collapse suddenly, esp from strain
to move, close, etc, or cause to move, close, etc, with a sudden sharp sound
to move or cause to move in a sudden or abrupt way
(intr; often foll by at or up) to seize something suddenly or quickly
(when intr, often foll by at) to bite at (something) bringing the jaws rapidly together
to speak (words) sharply or abruptly
(intr) (of eyes) to flash or sparkle
to take a snapshot of (something)
(intr) hunting to fire a quick shot without taking deliberate aim
(tr) American football to put (the ball) into play by sending it back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate
snap one's fingers at informal
  1. to dismiss with contempt
  2. to defy
snap out of it informal to recover quickly, esp from depression, anger, or illness


the act of breaking suddenly or the sound produced by a sudden breakage
a sudden sharp sound, esp of bursting, popping, or cracking
a catch, clasp, or fastener that operates with a snapping sound
a sudden grab or bite
the sudden release of something such as elastic thread
a brisk movement of the thumb against one or more fingers
a thin crisp biscuitginger snaps
informal See snapshot
informal vigour, liveliness, or energy
informal a task or job that is easy or profitable to do
a short spell or period, esp of cold weather
British dialect food, esp a packed lunch taken to work
British a card game in which the word snap is called when two cards of equal value are turned up on the separate piles dealt by each player
American football the start of each play when the centre passes the ball back from the line of scrimmage to a teammate
(modifier) done on the spur of the moment, without consideration or warninga snap decision
(modifier) closed or fastened with a snap


with a snap


  1. cardsthe word called while playing snap
  2. an exclamation used to draw attention to the similarity of two things
See also snap up

Derived Formssnapless, 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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Word Origin and History for snap to
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Medicine definitions for snap to




A short sharp sound; a click. Used especially of cardiac sounds.

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Idioms and Phrases with snap to

snap to

Move swiftly and smartly to an action, as in The troops snapped to attention. This phrase is sometimes expanded to snap to it, as in You'd better snap to it if we're going to finish today. [Early 1900s]

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