snapping shrimp


any common shrimp of the family Alphaeidae, distinguished by the snapping sound made by its enlarged claw.

Nearby words

  1. snaphaunce,
  2. snapper,
  3. snapper up,
  4. snapperback,
  5. snapping beetle,
  6. snapping turtle,
  7. snappish,
  8. snappishly,
  9. snappy,
  10. snapshoot

Origin of snapping shrimp

First recorded in 1940–45

Also called pistol shrimp. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019