- 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 snips
On the following morning I received a visit from Snips, my tailor.
"Confound them snips of Aids," said he angrily, as he wiped the mud off.Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)
Then these snips of boys on the police detail won't write the truth?The Night-Born
The question was needless, for the table was strewn with snips of calico.The Young Step-Mother
Charlotte M. Yonge
So when he asked me to go with him I cut every tie that bound me to my old life as one snips the withered leaves from a plant.Ivanoff
- a small pair of shears used for cutting sheet metalAlso called: tin snips
- 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 snips
"small, stout-handled shears for metal-working," 1846, from snip (v.).
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.