transitive verbsnipped, snip′ping
- to cut with scissors or shears in a short, quick stroke or strokes
- to remove by or as by such cutting
Origin of snipDutch snippen, akin to snap
to make a short, quick cut or cuts
- a small cut made with scissors, etc.
- the sound of this
- a small piece cut off
- any small piece; bit
- [pl.] heavy hand shears used esp. for cutting sheet metal
- Informal a young, small, or insignificant person, esp. one regarded as impudent or insolent
verbsnipped, snip·ping, snips
To cut, clip, or separate (something) with short, quick strokes.
To cut or clip with short, quick strokes.
- An instance of snipping or the sound produced by snipping.
- a. A small cut made with scissors or shears.b. A small piece cut or clipped off.c. A bit or scrap: snips of information about the merger.
- Informal a. One that is small or slight in size or stature.b. A person regarded as impertinent or mischievous.
- snips used with a sing. or pl. verb Hand shears used in cutting sheet metal.
- Slang Something easily accomplished.
Origin of snipDutch or Low German snippen
(third-person singular simple present snips, present participle snipping, simple past and past participle snipped)