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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snapping

British Dictionary definitions for snapping

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 snapping


[ snăp ]


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