- Present participle of snap.
- The sound or action of a snap.
- The act of snapping at, or speaking sharply to, somebody.
Variant of snap
intransitive verbsnapped, snapping
- to bring the jaws together sharply; bite suddenly: often with at: a fish snaps at bait
- to snatch or grasp quickly or eagerly: with at: to snap at a chance
- to speak sharply, abruptly, or irritably: often with at
- to break, part, or be released suddenly, esp. with a sharp, cracking sound
- to give way suddenly under strain, as nerves, resistance, etc.
- to make a sudden, sharp cracking or clicking sound, as a whip
- to close, fasten, go into place, etc. with a snapping sound: the lock snapped shut
- to become closed or fastened by means of a snap ()
- to move or act suddenly and smartly: to snap to attention
- to appear to flash or sparkle, as in anger: said of the eyes
Origin of snap; from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German snappen, akin to German schnappen ; from Germanic base an unverified form snab-
- to grasp or get suddenly with or as with a bite; snatch: often with up
- to break or sever suddenly or with a snapping sound
- to speak or utter sharply or harshly, as in anger: often with out
- to cause to make a snapping sound: to snap one's fingers
- to close, fasten, put into place, etc. with a snapping sound: to snap a lid shut
- to strike sharply by releasing one end of something held under tension: to snap someone with a rubber band
- to cause to move suddenly and smartly: snap the ball to first base
- ☆ to take a snapshot of
- ☆ Football to put (the ball) into play by passing or handing it back between the legs to a member of the offensive backfield: said of the center
- a sudden bite, grasp, snatch, catch, etc.
- a sudden breaking or parting
- a sudden, sharp cracking or clicking sound: the snap of a whip
- a short, angry utterance or manner of speaking
- a brief period or spell of cold weather
- any clasp or fastening that closes with a click or snap
- a hard, thin cookie: gingersnaps
- ☆ snapshot
- ☆ Informal alertness, vigor, or energy
- ☆ Slang an easy task, job, problem, etc.
- Slang a person who is easy to influence, persuade, control, etc.; tractable person
- ☆ Football the act of snapping the ball
Origin of snapMDu snap
- ☆ made or done quickly or on the spur of the moment without deliberation; impulsive: a snap decision
- that fastens with a snap
- ☆ Slang simple; easy: a snap assignment
with, or as with, a snap
not a snap
not a bit; not at all
to recover quickly from an illness, disappointment, etc.
snap one's fingers at
to show lack of concern for; be careless of or indifferent toward
snap out of it☆
to change suddenly from a bad condition to a better one; recover quickly or regain one's senses
snap someone's head off
to speak sharply or harshly to someone