- The definition of a snatch is a quick grab or seize, or a short period of time.
- An example of a snatch is a grabbing of the last marker in the box.
- An example of a snatch is a 30-minute nap.
- Snatch is defined as to seize or grab quickly.
- An example of to snatch is to reach out and grab the last cookie before anyone else can.
- An example of to snatch is to kidnap a child.
- to grasp or seize suddenly, eagerly, or without right, warning, etc.; grab
- to remove abruptly or hastily
- to take, get, or avail oneself of hastily or while there is a chance: to snatch some rest
- Slang to kidnap
Origin of snatchMiddle English snacchen, probably variant, variety of snakken, to seize; akin to snaken: see snack
- to try to grasp or seize a thing suddenly; grab (at)
- to accept or take advantage of a chance, etc. eagerly: with at
- the act of snatching; a grab
- a brief period; short time or spell: to sleep in snatches
- a small portion, esp. one that is incomplete or disconnected; fragment; bit: snatches of gossip
- Slang, Vulgar the vulva
- Slang an act of kidnapping
- Weight Lifting a lift in which the barbell is raised in one continuous motion from the floor to a position directly overhead with the arms completely extended
Origin of snatchME snacche
verbsnatched, snatch·ing, snatch·es
- a. To grasp or seize hastily, eagerly, or suddenly: snatched the dollar from my hand.b. To steal, especially quickly or with a sudden movement.c. Informal To kidnap (someone).
- Sports To raise (a weight) in one quick, uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
- Informal a. To obtain or achieve quickly or unexpectantly: snatched an early lead in the game.b. To get (a small amount of sleep).
- a. The act of snatching; a quick grasp or grab.b. Informal A kidnapping.
- A brief period of time: “At the end we preferred to travel all night, / Sleeping in snatches” ( T.S. Eliot )
- A small amount; a bit or fragment: a snatch of dialogue.
- Sports A lift in weightlifting in which the weight is raised in one uninterrupted motion from the floor to a position over the lifter's head.
- Vulgar Slang The vulva.
Origin of snatchMiddle English snacchen
(third-person singular simple present snatches, present participle snatching, simple past and past participle snatched)
- To grasp quickly.
- He snatched up the phone.
- To attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch.
- to snatch at a rope
- To take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony.
- to snatch a kiss
- To grasp and remove quickly.
- He snatched the letter out of the secretary's hand.
- To steal.
- Someone has just snatched my purse!
- (by extension) To take a victory at the last moment.
- To do something quickly due to limited time available.
- He snatched a sandwich before catching the train.
- He snatched a glimpse of her while her mother had her back turned.
- A quick grab or catch.
- The leftfielder makes a nice snatch to end the inning.
- (weightlifting) A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.
- A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.
- I heard a snatch of Mozart as I passed the open window.
- (vulgar slang) A vulva.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.