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Fruit, poultry, vegetables, any little thing they can snap up easily.

But a lad like you, David, might snap up a horn and a pistol or two without remark.

She had not believed Maud would be so ready to snap up a rich man; but—ah!

He was irascible, quick to snap up a word, which was foreign to him.

"'Why, you've got a snap up there on that soft bag," I rattled on.

A hawk in pursuit of a plump pigeon would not turn aside to snap up an insignificant sparrow.

Hang it, if that's the case, but I shall certainly marry you, and snap up that hundred and forty-five myself.

There was young Doctor Spink—and he was a real M. D.—up the street, ready and eager to snap up stray patients.

If she is confined to the coop, the chickens go forth and soon scratch for themselves and snap up the proper insect food.

And when you think how difficult it is—how many there are always ready, waiting to snap up any fellow with money!


late 15c., "quick, sudden bite or cut," from Dutch or Low German snappen "to snap," probably related to Middle Low German or Middle Dutch snavel "bill, beak," from West Germanic *snu-, an imitative root forming words having to do with the nose (see snout).

As an adjective from 1790. Commonly used to indicate instantaneous action, e.g. snap judgment (1841). Sense of "quick movement" is first recorded 1630s; that of "something easily done" is 1877. Meaning "brief or sudden spell" of weather (usually cold) is from 1740. Meaning "catch or fastener that closes with a snapping sound" is from 1815. The card game name is attested from 1881, from a call used in the game. Meaning "a snap-shot" is from 1894. U.S. football sense is from 1912, earlier snap-back (1880), which also was a name for the center position. Snap, Crackle and Pop, cartoon characters associated with Kellogg breakfast cereal Rice Krispies, are from 1940.


Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.