(noun, adjective, verb, interjection)


1. (informal) Done, performed, made, etc. quickly and without deliberation.

- a snap judgment or decision; a snap political convention


1. The winning cry at a game of snap.

2. (Britain) By extension from the card game, "I've got one the same." or similar

- Snap! We've both got pink buckets and spades.

3. (Britain) Ritual utterance of agreement (after the cry in the card game snap).

4. (US) Used in place of expletive to express surprise, usually in response to a negative statement or news; often used facetiously.

- "I just ran over your phone with my car." "Oh, snap!"

5. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) Ritual utterance used after something is said by two people at exactly the same time.

- "Wasn't that John?" "Wasn't that John?" "Snap!"


1. the act of catching an object with the hands

- the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion

Similar word(s): catch, grab, snatch

Definition categories: act, touch, touching

2. a spell of cold weather

- a cold snap in the middle of May

Definition categories: time, patch, piece, spell, while

3. tender green beans without strings that easily snap into sections

Definition categories: food

4. a crisp round cookie flavored with ginger

Similar word(s): gingersnap

Definition categories: food, biscuit, cookie, cooky

5. the noise produced by the rapid movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

- servants appeared at the snap of his fingers

Definition categories: event, noise

6. a sudden sharp noise

- he can hear the snap of a twig

Similar word(s): crack, cracking

Definition categories: event, noise

7. a sudden breaking

Definition categories: event, break

8. the tendency of a body to return to its original shape after it has been stretched or compressed

- the waistband had lost its snap

Similar word(s): elasticity

Definition categories: attribute

9. an informal photograph; usually made with a small hand-held camera

- my snapshots haven't been developed yet

Similar word(s): shot, snapshot

Definition categories: man–made, exposure, photo, photograph, pic, picture

10. a fastener used on clothing; fastens with a snapping sound

- children can manage snaps better than buttons

Definition categories: man–made, fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

11. any undertaking that is easy to do

Similar word(s): breeze, cinch, picnic, pushover, walkover

Definition categories: act, labor, project, task, undertaking

12. the act of snapping the fingers; movement of a finger from the tip to the base of the thumb on the same hand

- he gave his fingers a snap

Definition categories: act, motility, motion, move, movement

13. (American football) putting the ball in play by passing it (between the legs) to a back

- the quarterback fumbled the snap

Similar word(s): centering

Definition categories: act, flip, pass, toss

Sentences with snap as a noun:

- a ginger snap

- It'll be a snap to get that finished.

- I can fix most vacuum cleaners in a snap.

- not worth a snap


1. utter in an angry, sharp, or abrupt tone

- The sales clerk snapped a reply at the angry customer

Similar word(s): snarl

Definition categories: communication, mouth, speak, talk, utter, verbalise, verbalize

2. separate or cause to separate abruptly

- The rope snapped

Similar word(s): bust, rupture, tear

Definition categories: contact, disunite, divide, part, separate

3. break suddenly and abruptly, as under tension

- The pipe snapped

Similar word(s): crack

Definition categories: change, break, separate

4. move or strike with a noise

- his arm was snapped forward

Similar word(s): click

Definition categories: motion, move

5. close with a snapping motion

- The lock snapped shut

Definition categories: change, close, shut

6. make a sharp sound

- his fingers snapped

Similar word(s): crack

Definition categories: perception, go, sound

7. move with a snapping sound

- bullets snapped past us

Definition categories: motion, move

8. to grasp hastily or eagerly

Similar word(s): snatch

Definition categories: contact, clutch, prehend, seize

9. put in play with a snap

- snap a football

Definition categories: contact, hit

10. cause to make a snapping sound

- snap your fingers

Similar word(s): click, flick

Definition categories: contact, move

11. lose control of one's emotions

- When her baby died, she snapped

Definition categories: emotion, act, behave, do

12. bring the jaws together

- he snapped indignantly

Definition categories: contact, bite

13. record on photographic film

- She snapped a picture of the President

Similar word(s): photograph, shoot

Definition categories: communication, enter, record

Sentences with snap as a verb:

- He snapped his stick in anger.

- If you bend it too much, it will snap.

- Blazing firewood snaps.

- A dog snaps at a passenger. A fish snaps at the bait.

- She snapped at the chance to appear on television.

- He snapped at me for the slightest mistake.

- She should take a break before she snaps.

- The floating toolbar will snap to the edge of the screen when dragged towards it.

- to snap a fastener

- to snap a whip

- He snapped a picture of me with my mouth open and my eyes closed.

- He can snap the ball to a back twenty yards behind him.

- The gun snapped.