Word of the Day: snap

Word of the Day
April 12, 2016
snap (verb, noun)
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A woman snapping a selfie
To snap means 'to make a sudden cracking sound,' 'to break something with a cracking sound,' or 'to move or strike with a loud noise.' To snap is also 'to speak sharply' or 'to lose control.' As a noun, a snap is a sudden sound from something breaking or striking something. It can also be a short period of time or, informally, a quick and easy task.

 

Example sentences
 
Tom realized someone was behind him when he heard the snap of a twig.
The strong winds snapped the old branch in half.
Elizabeth snapped the lid of the box shut.
I asked her what was wrong, but she just snapped at me.
The pressure got too much for Jeremy and, finally, he snapped.
The snap of the door closing woke Nell from her sleep.
We had a snap of cold weather just after Christmas.
Robert is so lucky; learning new languages is a snap for him.

 

Words often used with snap
 
Snap is also when you make a snapping noise with your fingers, usually by striking two fingers on the same hand together. We can say just snap, or snap your fingers. Example: "It is rude to snap (or, snap your fingers) at waiters when you want to get their attention." Snap is also the noun for this movement of your fingers. For example, "With a snap of his fingers, the magician made my wish come true."
 
Multi-word forms
 
snap something up: to grab something quickly or before anyone else can. Example: "When she saw how cheap the shoes were, Joyce snapped them up."
snap out of something: make an effort to pull yourself out of a mood or attitude. Example: "You need to snap out of your daydreaming and do some work, if you want to pass your exams!" (We also often say just "Snap out of it!")
snap decision, snap judgment: a decision or judgment made quickly and without much thought. Example: "The old lady made a snap judgment about her granddaughter's boyfriend as soon as she met him and she never changed her mind."
 
Did you know?
 
A snap is also an informal word for a photograph, short for "snapshot," and can be used as a verb to mean 'to take photographs.' Examples: "I have some snaps from my holiday; would you like to see them?" "The photographers were all snapping photos of the stars as they arrived at the premiere."
 
Other forms
 
snapless (adjective), snappable (adjective), snappingly (adverb)
 
Origin
 
Snap dates back to the late 15th century and comes from the Dutch or Low German word snappen, meaning 'to bite or seize.'
 
Other info
 
There are many other meanings of snap. Check the full definition to find out more!
 
 
 
 
 
Snap in other languages
 
 
 
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