- to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually followed by at).
- to seize by a sudden or hasty grasp: He snatched the old lady's purse and ran.
- to take, get, secure, etc., suddenly or hastily.
- to rescue or save by prompt action: He snatched the baby from the fire.
- Slang. to kidnap.
- the act or an instance of snatching.
- a sudden motion to seize something; grab: He made a snatch as if to stop her.
- a bit, scrap, or fragment of something: snatches of conversation.
- a brief spell of effort, activity, or any experience: to work in snatches.
- Nautical. a sheave or projecting member serving as a fairlead.
- a brief period of time.
- Slang. an act of kidnapping.
- Slang: Vulgar. vulva; vagina.
- Weightlifting. a lift in which the barbell is brought in a single motion from the floor to an arms-extended position overhead.
Origin of snatch
Related Words for snatchsnippet, cunt, pussy, pull, kidnap, rescue, jerk, seize, wrest, win, pluck, snag, jump, wrench, clutch, catch, abduct, steal, yank, fragment
Examples from the Web for snatch
Contemporary Examples of snatch
In another change since his transit days, crooks now snatch cellphones, not gold chains.My Patrol With the NYPD’s Bill Bratton
March 14, 2014
It is easy for an unscrupulous individual to pose as an underground banker, snatch up several large deposits, then cut and run.Inside China's Underground Black Market Banks
February 26, 2014
The company reported $2.4 billion in annual sales and could snatch a valuation as high as $5 billion.Kanye West Is a Modern Michelangelo; Pippa Middleton Jokes About Her Bridesmaid Dress
The Fashion Beast Team
February 26, 2014
Police believe that their rigorous schedule actually gave the alleged abductors a safe window in which to snatch the child.Did This Man Abduct Madeleine McCann?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 14, 2013
Scar-Jo, who also received the title in 2006, is the only woman to ever snatch it twice.Scarlett Johansson Named "Sexiest Woman Alive;" Kate Moss to Revive Collaboration With Topshop
The Fashion Beast Team
October 7, 2013
Historical Examples of snatch
Our pleasures are but the stolen moments we can snatch from its inattention.The Conquest of Fear
Adams offered to snatch the gun out of his companion's hand.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
I now think that to lie is, as it were, to snatch the reins out of God's hand.Wilfrid Cumbermede
I might, unnoticed, of course, snatch a bun from its grasp now and then.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
Who is there among you, my friends, that may not snatch a brand from the burning!Beauty and The Beast, and Tales From Home
- (tr) to seize or grasp (something) suddenly or peremptorilyhe snatched the chocolate out of my hand
- (intr usually foll by at) to seize or attempt to seize suddenly
- (tr) to take hurriedlyto snatch some sleep
- (tr) to remove suddenlyshe snatched her hand away
- (tr) to gain, win, or rescue, esp narrowlythey snatched victory in the closing seconds
- (tr) (in weightlifting) to lift (a weight) with a snatch
- snatch one's time Australian informal to leave a job, taking whatever pay is due
- an act of snatching
- a fragment or small incomplete partsnatches of conversation
- a brief spellsnatches of time off
- weightlifting a lift in which the weight is raised in one quick motion from the floor to an overhead position
- slang, mainly US an act of kidnapping
- British slang a robberya diamond snatch
Word Origin for snatch
early 13c., "make a sudden snap or bite" (at something), of uncertain origin; perhaps from an unrecorded Old English *snæccan or Middle Dutch snacken "to snatch, chatter." Cf. snack (n.). Meaning "lay hold of suddenly" is from early 14c.; especially "take from someone's hands" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928. Related: Snatched; snatching.
c.1300, "a trap, snare," from snatch (v.). Meaning "a sudden grab" is from 1570s; that of "a small amount" is from 1590s. Sense in weight-lifting is from 1928. Vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded from 1903; a much older venereal sense was "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s).