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 snappingfracture, click, pop, crack, jerk, clutch, snatch, catch, grab, yank, roar, yell, flash, picnic, walkover, ease, breeze, cinch, pie, crackle
Examples from the Web for snapping
Contemporary Examples of snapping
They are always suspended over a precipice, dangling by a slender thread that shows every sign of snapping.How the PC Police Threaten Free Speech
January 9, 2015
An absurd new app employs sounds and pictures to con babies into snapping their own headshots.Introducing the Internet’s New Bundle of Joy: The Baby Selfie
February 25, 2014
Mrs. Hoyt would give you the base of her palm against your forehead very hard, snapping a few small bones in your neck.Mel Brooks Is Always Funny and Often Wise in This 1975 Playboy Interview
February 16, 2014
A line of five America flags was snapping in the icy wind outside the rental office.In New Jersey, There’s No Exit for Chris Christie’s Bridge Trolls
January 9, 2014
He carried it everywhere, snapping photos of nearly everything and everyone he encountered.Giancarlo Giammetti’s Private Life Captured in “Private GG”
October 25, 2013
Historical Examples of snapping
And when he found his voice, there was a snapping tension in it.Way of the Lawless
They really ought to fire a few rounds--after a week of aiming and snapping.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
She heard him move about and the snapping of a lock in the parlour door.The Secret Agent
Soon I thought I heard a snapping of a branch away off up the mountain.A Woman Tenderfoot
Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
Doesn't he look as if he loved to dance, snapping his fingers to keep time?Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
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.