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(dialectal) To check; reprove abruptly; reprimand; rebuke; chide.
(dialectal) To nip; bite; pinch; blast; blight.
(dialectal) To thwart; offend.
(obsolete) A reprimand; a rebuke.
From Middle English snaipen (“to nip, injure, afflict, rebuke, revile, criticize”), from Old Norse sneypa (“to outrage, dishonor, disgrace”), from Proto-Germanic *snupaną, *snubaną (“to snap, cut”), of unknown origin. See also snap.
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