Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To check; reprove abruptly; reprimand; rebuke; chide.
  • v. To nip; bite; pinch; blast; blight.
  • v. To thwart; offend.
  • v. To put someone's nose out of joint; offend.
  • n. A reprimand; a rebuke.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To check; to reprimand; to rebuke; to chide.
  • transitive v. To nip; to blast; to blight.
  • n. A reprimand; a rebuke.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To check; reprove abruptly; reprimand.
  • To nip; bite; pinch.
  • n. A reprimand; a rebuke; a check; a snub.

Etymologies

From Middle English snaipen ("to nip, injure, afflict, rebuke, revile, criticize"), from Old Norse snepya ("to outrage, dishonor, disgrace"), from Proto-Germanic *snupanan, *snubanan (“to snap, cut”), of unknown origin. See also snap. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Soon afterwards she came flying to him in the utmost delight to repeat what she called a "lovely sneap" which Lady

    A Dozen Ways Of Love

  • She spoke to him of his luckless courtship of Widow Denison (a most unpleasant topic), thus giving a clue to the whole situation, in showing that Madam Winthrop resented his desertion of her in his first widowerhood, and like Falstaff, would not "undergo a sneap without reply."

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England

  • My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without reply.

    The Second Part of King Henry IV

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