Snap Definition

snăp
snapped, snapping, snaps
verb
snapped, snapping, snaps
To break, part, or be released suddenly, esp. with a sharp, cracking sound.
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To bring the jaws together sharply; bite suddenly.
A fish snaps at bait.
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To grasp or get suddenly with or as with a bite; snatch.
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To make a sudden, sharp cracking or clicking sound, as a whip.
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To give way suddenly under strain, as nerves, resistance, etc.
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noun
snaps
A sudden, sharp cracking or clicking sound.
The snap of a whip.
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A sudden breaking or parting.
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A sudden bite, grasp, snatch, catch, etc.
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A short, angry manner of speaking.
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Any clasp or fastening that closes with a click or snap.
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adjective
Made or done quickly or on the spur of the moment without deliberation; impulsive.
A snap decision.
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That fastens with a snap.
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Simple; easy.
A snap assignment.
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adverb
With, or as with, a snap.
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interjection
The winning cry at a game of snap.
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(UK) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar.
Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.
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(UK) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).
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(US) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetiously.

"I just ran over your phone with my car." "Oh, snap!"
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(UK, Australia, New Zealand) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.
"Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"
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idiom
snap out of it
  • To move quickly back to one's normal condition from an undesirable condition, such as depression, grief, or self-pity.
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in a snap
  • quickly and easily
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snap back
  • to recover quickly from an illness, disappointment, etc.
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snap one's fingers at
  • to show lack of concern for; be careless of or indifferent toward
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snap out of it
  • to change suddenly from a bad condition to a better one; recover quickly or regain one's senses
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Other Word Forms of Snap

Noun

Singular:
snap
Plural:
snaps

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Snap

  • snap out of it
  • in a snap
  • snap back
  • snap one's fingers at
  • snap out of it

Origin of Snap

  • Probably from Middle English snappe a quick bite probably from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snappen to seize, snap

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Compare Dutch snap (“a snatching").

    From Wiktionary

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