See also: сніп

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch snippen (to snip; shred) or Low German snippen (to snip; shred), of imitative origin.[1]

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

snip (third-person singular simple present snips, present participle snipping, simple past and past participle snipped)

  1. To cut with short sharp actions, as with scissors.
    I don't want you to take much hair off; just snip my mullet off.
  2. To reduce the price of a product, to create a snip.
  3. To break off; to snatch away.
  4. (informal) To circumcise.
    • 2001, David Cohen, The Father's Book: Being a Good Dad in the 21st Century, John WIley & Sons Ltd (2001), →ISBN, page 72:
      Circumcised fathers face a special problem. Do you want your son's willy to be that radically different from your own? So, parents should perhaps not be put off. Be good to your son's future lovers and have him snipped.
    • 2008, Ilene Schneider, Talk Dirty Yiddish: Beyond Drek: The Curses, Slang, and Street Lingo You Need to Know When You Speak Yiddish, Adams Media (2008), →ISBN, page 150:
      His children, however, were not snipped, possibly because Princess Diana was opposed to the practice, which is out of fashion in England.
    • 2012, Tom Hickman, God's Doodle: The Life and Times of the Penis, Square Peg (2012), →ISBN, page 144:
      By the outbreak of the First World War such claims had diminished and the medical profession touted circumcision as being 'hygienic' — fathers were not only encouraged to have their newborn sons snipped, but to belatedly enjoy the benefits themselves.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:snip.
  5. (Internet) To remove the irrelevant parts of quotations in the reply message.

TranslationsEdit

NounEdit

snip (plural snips)

  1. The act of snipping; cutting a small amount off of something.
  2. A single cut with scissors, clippers, or similar tool.
  3. A small amount of something; a pinch.
  4. A piece cut out by snipping.
    • 1967, Elizabeth George Speare, The Prospering (page 293)
      It was true about the fanmaking; the table and floor were littered with snips of paper.
  5. (informal) Something acquired for a low price; a bargain.
    That wholesale auction lot was a snip at $10.
  6. (definite, the snip, euphemistic) A vasectomy.
  7. (informal) A small or weak person, especially a young one.
    • 2010, Ellen Renner, Castle of Shadows, Hachette UK, 2010 →ISBN.
      'Might as well come out now, you little snip, from wherever you be hiding!'
  8. (dated) An impertinent or mischievous person.
    • 1835, William Hamilton Maxwell, My Life (page 283)
      Nor was the lady's establishment more fortunate in gaining the regard of the household. The maid was a verjuiced spinster, too old to love herself, and too ill-natured to look on. The footman was a regular snip []
  9. (obsolete) A share or portion; a snack.
    • 1680, Roger L'Estrange, The Free-Born Subject, Or, the Englishmans Birthright Asserted Against All Tyrannical Vsvrpations Either in Church or State
      His Third Query is a Frank Proposal, without any more ado, of taking all the Church Lands into the Crown; and Courteously he offers the Poor Cavaliers a Snip in the Booty
  10. (obsolete, slang) A tailor.
    • 1850, Charles Kingsley, Alton Locke
      [] you fool, why did you let out that you were a snip?"
      "I am not ashamed of my trade.”

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2022), “snip”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

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DutchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Dutch snippe, ultimately from the root of snavel (beak).

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NounEdit

snip f (plural snippen, diminutive snipje n)

  1. A snipe or woodcock, thin-beaked bird of the genera Gallinago, Scolopax, Lymnocryptes, Limnodromus and Coenocorypha.
  2. (informal, Netherlands) A 100 guilders banknote.

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DescendantsEdit

  • Afrikaans: snip
  • Papiamentu: snepi, snèpi
  • Sranan Tongo: snepi