a small piece snipped off; a small bit, scrap, or fragment: an anthology of snippets.
Informal. a small or insignificant person.

Origin of snippet

First recorded in 1655–65; snip + -et Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for snippet

fragment, smidgen, bit, morsel, snip, part, piece, scrap

Examples from the Web for snippet

Contemporary Examples of snippet

  • Look again at the snippet of Anne Frank film while holding in mind a backdrop of recent events.

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    Anne Frank’s Amsterdam

    Russell Shorto

    October 12, 2013

  • The clip showed a snippet of Armstrong's victory speech in Paris, the seventh and final of his Tour de France wins.

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    You’re Over, Lance Armstrong

    Buzz Bissinger

    January 18, 2013

  • Not a snippet to be found on any of the security cameras at the grand homes along Sunset Boulevard?

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    Chasen Murderer's Secret Past

    A. L. Bardach

    December 15, 2010

  • In particular, a snippet capturing the central character's reaction to the Son of God.

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    Jerry Stahl's Reading List

    Jerry Stahl

    May 19, 2009

  • Consider, for example, this snippet of Greenspan's testimony today.

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    If I Did It

    Paul Kedrosky

    October 23, 2008

Historical Examples of snippet

  • "Snippet" was not in his dictionary, but he didn't like the sound of it.

    Keziah Coffin

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • "I dare say Snippet has put it out of place," said big brother James.

  • This was a mixture of picture-puns and broken words, after the fashion of the dreary puzzles still published in snippet weeklies.

  • She would have taken for granted that the pair wished to be alone together, though she would have regarded this only as a snippet.

    The Tragic Muse

    Henry James

  • The same scans are indexed by Google Books, but only accessible as snippet view.

British Dictionary definitions for snippet



a small scrap or fragment
Derived Formssnippetiness, nounsnippety, adjective

Word Origin for snippet

C17: from snip + -et
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 snippet

1660s, from snip (n.) + diminutive suffix -et.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper