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.
Origin of snap
Related Words for snapfracture, click, pop, crack, jerk, clutch, snatch, catch, grab, yank, roar, yell, flash, picnic, walkover, ease, breeze, cinch, pie, crackle
Examples from the Web for snap
Contemporary Examples of snap
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’
January 4, 2015
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
December 18, 2014
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
November 12, 2014
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
October 13, 2014
It means to be all the things that the individuals he turns into storytellers on Snap naturally are, in all their marginality.NPR’s Smooth-Talking Millennial Whisperer
October 7, 2014
Historical Examples of snap
It broke with a snap and there was not a thing she could do.Her Father's Daughter
If he was to be believed, he used to snap you regular at point.'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
She only holds him by a thread; and if you draw it too tight (I know his temper) it'll snap.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
"Then you will not speak," she said, opening her parasol with a snap.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
With them it was snap and slash and get away, snap and slash and get away.White Fang
verb snaps, snapping or snapped
- to dismiss with contempt
- to defy
- cardsthe word called while playing snap
- an exclamation used to draw attention to the similarity of two things
Word Origin for snap
late 15c., "quick, sudden bite or cut," from Dutch or Low German snappen "to snap," probably related to Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snavel "bill, beak," from West Germanic *snu-, an imitative root forming words having to do with the nose (see snout).
As an adjective from 1790. Commonly used to indicate instantaneous action, e.g. snap judgment (1841). Sense of "quick movement" is first recorded 1630s; that of "something easily done" is 1877. Meaning "brief or sudden spell" of weather (usually cold) is from 1740. Meaning "catch or fastener that closes with a snapping sound" is from 1815. The card game name is attested from 1881, from a call used in the game. Meaning "a snap-shot" is from 1894. U.S. football sense is from 1912, earlier snap-back (1880), which also was a name for the center position. Snap, Crackle and Pop, cartoon characters associated with Kellogg breakfast cereal Rice Krispies, are from 1940.
1520s, of animals, "to make a quick bite," from snap (n.). Meaning "to break suddenly or sharply" is first recorded c.1600; the mental sense is from 1970s. Meaning "come into place with a snap" is from 1793. Meaning "take a photograph" is from 1890. U.S. football sense first recorded 1887. Related: Snapped; snapping. To snap the fingers is from 1670s. Phrase snap out of it recorded by 1907. Snapping turtle is attested from 1784. Snap-brim (adj.) in reference to a type of hat is from 1928.