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 formssnap·less, adjectivesnap·pa·ble, adjectivesnap·ping·ly, adverb
Can be confusedschnapps snaps
Examples from the Web for snapped
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.
She snapped at Chinese reporters after a loss at the French Open last year, when asked what she had to say to the people at home.Tennis Star Li Na Says Goodbye to the Court…and Puts the Sport’s Rise in Asia in Question|Nicholas McCarvel|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The other imbibers always gasp in horror, as if someone just snapped their single malt right out of their hand.
I snapped some photos, got into the rolling car, and we sped away.
Safety officials believe it snapped, sending both acrobats and apparatus hurtling 25 to 40 feet to the floor.Thrills and Too Many Spills: The Dangers of the Circus|Marina Watts|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He snapped the ball, however, to Mylert, nipping Berry at the plate.Baseball Joe in the World Series|Lester Chadwick
Helplessly the boy spun the cylinder and snapped the hammer again and again, but to no purpose.Twenty-Four Unusual Stories for Boys and Girls|Anna Cogswell Tyler
Each time it snapped to, I looped it once around and pulled the wet line tight.The Jewels of Aptor|Samuel R. Delany
"If the blow were struck with sufficient force," snapped the Coroner.The Solitary Farm|Fergus Hume
"Yes, I do," she snapped viciously as she turned toward the door.Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for snapped
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