from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To cut, clip, or separate (something) with short, quick strokes.
  • intransitive verb To cut or clip with short, quick strokes.
  • noun An instance of snipping or the sound produced by snipping.
  • noun A small cut made with scissors or shears.
  • noun A small piece cut or clipped off.
  • noun A bit or scrap.
  • noun One that is small or slight in size or stature.
  • noun A person regarded as impertinent or mischievous.
  • noun Hand shears used in cutting sheet metal.
  • noun Slang Something easily accomplished.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cut off at one light, quick stroke with shears or scissors; clip; cut off in any way: frequently with off.
  • To steal by snipping.
  • To make by snipping or cutting: as, to snip a hole in one's coat.
  • To move or work lightly; make signs with, as the fingers.
  • To make a short, quick cut or clip; cut out a bit; clip: sometimes with at for the attempt to cut.
  • noun A clip; a single cut with shears or scissors; hence, any similar act of cutting.
  • noun A small piece cut off; a shred; a bit.
  • noun A share; a snack. See to go snips, below.
  • noun A tailor.
  • noun A small, insignificant person or thing: as, a mere snip of a girl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To cut off the nip or neb of, or to cut off at once with shears or scissors; to clip off suddenly; to nip; hence, to break off; to snatch away.
  • noun A single cut, as with shears or scissors; a clip.
  • noun A small shred; a bit cut off.
  • noun obsolete A share; a snack.
  • noun Slang A tailor.
  • noun Small hand shears for cutting sheet metal.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To cut with short sharp actions, as with scissors.
  • verb To reduce the price of a product, to create a snip.
  • verb informal To circumcise.
  • noun The act of snipping; cutting a small amount off of something.
  • noun Something acquired for a low price; a bargain.
  • noun A small amount of something; a pinch.
  • noun definite, euphemistic A vasectomy.
  • noun A small or weak person, especially a young one.
  • noun obsolete A share or portion; a snack.
  • noun obsolete, slang A tailor.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off)
  • verb sever or remove by pinching or snipping
  • noun the act of clipping or snipping
  • verb cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Dutch or Low German snippen.]


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