- to cut with a small, quick stroke, or a succession of such strokes, with scissors or the like.
- to remove or cut off (something) by or as by cutting in this manner: to snip a rose.
- to cut with small, quick strokes.
- the act of snipping, as with scissors.
- a small cut made by snipping.
- a small piece snipped off.
- a small piece, bit, or amount of anything: a snip of food.
- Informal. a small or insignificant person.
- Informal. a presumptuous or impertinent person.
- snips, small, strong hand shears used by sheet metal workers.
- British Informal. a bargain.
Origin of snip
Examples from the Web for snipped
The sex scenes are snipped out of films in theatrical or DVD release, and cursing is rarely ever translated in the subtitles.Dubai's Sex Crackdown
August 16, 2009
If the Esquire were to be snipped once and for ever from the tail of my name I should be the lighter for it.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
"Fritz snipped my hand in the little door of the cage," sobbed Denny.The Adventures of Herr Baby
She snipped her threads and drew the plaid skirt from under the needle.Mary Rose of Mifflin
Frances R. Sterrett
This is snipped fine with a pair of shears preparatory to use.On Laboratory Arts
She had nothing to do but neatly and delicately paste on the bit she had snipped off.The Dop Doctor
Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
- to cut or clip with a small quick stroke or a succession of small quick strokes, esp with scissors or shears
- the act of snipping
- the sound of scissors or shears closing
- Also called: snipping a small piece of anything, esp one that has been snipped off
- a small cut made by snipping
- mainly British an informal word for bargain
- informal something easily done; cinch
- US and Canadian informal a small or insignificant person or thing, esp an irritating or insolent one
- (often reiterated) a representation of the sound of scissors or shears closing
Word Origin and History for snipped
1550s, "small piece of cut-out cloth," probably from Dutch or Low German snippen "to snip, shred," of imitative origin. Meaning "cut made by scissors" is from 1590s. As a nickname or cant word for a tailor, 1590s. Snip-snap-snorum, the card game, is 1755, from Low German.
"to cut at one light, quick stroke," 1580s, from snip (n.). Related: Snipped; snipping.