an agitated or irritated state.

Origin of snit

First recorded in 1935–40; origin uncertain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for snit

agitation, fume, upset, exasperation, anger

Examples from the Web for snit

Contemporary Examples of snit

  • When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry.

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    Kinky for Perry

    Kinky Friedman

    August 24, 2011

British Dictionary definitions for snit



US and Australian a fit of temper

Word Origin for snit

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for snit

"state of agitation, fit of temper," 1939, American English, of unknown origin. First in Claire Boothe's "Kiss the Boys Good-bye," which gives it a U.S. Southern context.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with snit


see in a snit.

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