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 snappedfracture, click, pop, crack, jerk, clutch, snatch, catch, grab, yank, roar, yell, flash, crackle, grip, grasp, nip, twitch, lurch, vent
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Contemporary Examples of snapped
An x-ray two hours later confirms my hunch: my tibia (the big bone behind the shin) is snapped clean in two.You’re Never ‘Cured’ of an Eating Disorder
December 20, 2014
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
September 19, 2014
The other imbibers always gasp in horror, as if someone just snapped their single malt right out of their hand.Don't Be a Single-Malt Scotch Snob
August 9, 2014
I snapped some photos, got into the rolling car, and we sped away.My Search for the Taliban Five
June 15, 2014
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
May 5, 2014
Historical Examples of snapped
Then, hardly looking at his target, he snapped his rifle back to his shoulder and fired.Way of the Lawless
"We don't scare worth a cent," she snapped, with the virulence of a vixen.
Burke's broad jowls shook from the force with which he snapped his jaws together.
He struck the rivet such a blow that he snapped one shank of his spur short off.
"I don't see that it matters, whether she could or not," snapped the Little Doctor.
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.