To snip is to cut with short, quick strokes, the way you'd snip your bangs in the mirror, or snip off a loose thread hanging from your jacket.

A gardener snips dead blooms from a plant so new ones can grow, and a dog groomer carefully snips the hair covering your terrier's face so she can see where she's going. Snip is also a noun: "I saved a snip of the baby's hair to put in your scrapbook." The noun came first, initially meaning "a small piece of cut out cloth." In the 16th century, it was also a common nickname for a tailor.

Definitions of snip
  1. verb
    sever or remove by pinching or snipping
    synonyms: clip, nip, nip off, snip off
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    separate with or as if with an instrument
  2. verb
    cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of
    synonyms: clip, crop, cut back, dress, lop, prune, trim
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    cut with shears
    poll, pollard
    convert into a pollard
    pinch, top
    cut the top off
    thin out buds to improve the quality of the remaining flowers
    remove the stalk of fruits or berries
    type of:
    thin out
    make sparse
  3. noun
    the act of clipping or snipping
    synonyms: clip, clipping
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    nip, pinch
    a small sharp bite or snip
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    cut, cutting, cutting off
    the act of shortening something by chopping off the ends
  4. noun
    a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off)
    synonyms: snippet, snipping
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    a separate part of a whole
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