[ snap-shot ]
/ ˈsnæpˌʃɒt /


an informal photograph, especially one taken quickly by a handheld camera.
Hunting. a quick shot taken without deliberate aim.
Informal. a brief appraisal, summary, or profile.

verb (used with or without object), snap·shot or snap·shot·ted, snap·shot·ting.

to photograph informally and quickly.

Nearby words

  1. snappish,
  2. snappishly,
  3. snappy,
  4. snapshoot,
  5. snapshooter,
  6. snaptin,
  7. snare,
  8. snare drum,
  9. snarf,
  10. snark

Origin of snapshot

1800–10 for def 2; 1860–65 for def 1; snap (in the sense “done suddenly or casually”) + shot1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for snapshotted

  • Charmian and Claude had been snapshotted on the deck of the ship by a little army of journalists.

    The Way of Ambition|Robert Hichens
  • Isabelle was snapshotted leaving the theatre, or riding in the Park.

    The Cricket|Marjorie Cooke
  • I've snapshotted about everything else around here, but I never thought of the sky.

    The Boy with the U. S. Weather Men|Francis William Rolt-Wheeler
  • This clumsiness clings even to the photographs of public men, as they are snapshotted at public meetings.

    Utopia of Usurers and other Essays|Gilbert Keith Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for snapshotted


/ (ˈsnæpˌʃɒt) /


an informal photograph taken with a simple cameraOften shortened to: snap
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for snapshotted



also snap-shot, 1808, "a quick shot with a gun, without aim, at a fast-moving target," from snap + shot (n.). Photographic sense is attested from 1890. Figuratively, of something captured at a moment in time, from 1897.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper