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

v sever or remove by pinching or snipping

clip, nip, nip off, snip off
Type of:
separate with or as if with an instrument

v cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of

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
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thin out
make sparse

n the act of clipping or snipping

clip, clipping
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

n a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off)

snippet, snipping
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a separate part of a whole

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