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.
- un·snipped, adjective
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How to use snip in a sentence
In short, Myriad isolated the BRCA genes—snipped them out of the longer DNA chain in which they were ensconced.
The sex scenes are snipped out of films in theatrical or DVD release, and cursing is rarely ever translated in the subtitles.
Miss Naylor, flushing deeply, snipped off a particularly healthy bud.Villa Rubein and Other Stories | John Galsworthy
She reached in and snipped off a spire of larkspur from the very back of the border, then stood back to see what had happened.The Camerons of Highboro | Beth B. Gilchrist
He is a sleek man, with close-snipped hair; has a quiet, humorous way of talking, like his books.George Eliot's Life, Vol. I (of 3) | George Eliot
British Dictionary definitions for snip
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
- See also snips
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