Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)
Snatch (?), n.
1. A hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly.
2. A short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding after a shower.
They move by fits and snatches.
3. A small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap.
We have often little snatches of sunshine.
Leave me your snatches, and yield me a direct answer.
Snatch block (Naut.), a kind of block with an opening in one side to receive the bight of a rope.
Snatch"er (?), n. One who snatches, or takes abruptly.
Snatch"ing*ly, adv. By snatching; abruptly.
Snatch (?), n. [Cf. AS. snīan to cut, to mow, snd a bite, bit snip.] The handle of a scythe; a snead. [Variously written in England snead, sneed, sneath, sneeth, snathe, etc.; in Scotland written sned.]
Snathe (?), v. t. [Cf. Icel. sneia to cut into alices, snīa to cut; akin to AS. besndan, snīan, G. schneiden, OHG. snīdan, Goth. sneian to cut, to reap, and E. snath, snithe.] To lop; to prune. [Prov. Eng.]
Snat"tock (?), n. [See Snathe.] A chip; a alice. [Prov. Eng.]
Snaw (?), n. Snow. [Obs. or Scot.]
Snead (?), n. [See Snatch.]
1. A snath.
2. A line or cord; a string. [Prov. Eng.]
Sneak (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneaked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sneaking.] [OE. sniken, AS. snīcan to creep; akin to Dan. snige sig; cf. Icel. snīkja to hanker after.]
1. To creep or steal (away or about) privately; to come or go meanly, as a person afraid or ashamed to be seen; as, to sneak away from company.
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You skulked behind the fence, and sneaked away.
2. To act in a stealthy and cowardly manner; to behave with meanness and servility; to crouch.
Sneak, v. t. To hide, esp. in a mean or cowardly manner. [Obs.] [Slander] sneaks its head."
1. A mean, sneaking fellow.
A set of simpletons and superstitious sneaks.
2. (Cricket) A ball bowled so as to roll along the ground; -- called also grub. [Cant]
R. A. Proctor.
Sneak"-cup` (?), n. One who sneaks from his cups; one who balks his glass. [Obs.]
Sneak"er (?), n.
1. One who sneaks.
2. A vessel of drink. [Prov. Eng.]
A sneaker of five gallons.
<-- A type of soft shoe with a flat, pliable, typically rubber sole, and canvas-like upper, used in sports or for comfort. -->
Sneak"i*ness (?), n. The quality of being sneaky.
Sneak"ing, a. Marked by cowardly concealment; deficient in openness and courage; underhand; mean; crouching. -- Sneak"ing*ly, adv. -- Sneak"ing*ness, n.
Sneaks"by (?), n. A paltry fellow; a sneak. [Obs.] Such a bashful sneaksby."
Sneak"y (?), n. Like a sneak; sneaking.
Sneap (?), v. t. [Cf. Icel. sneypa to dishonor, disgrace, chide, but also E. snip, and snub.]
1. To check; to reprimand; to rebuke; to chide. [Obs.]
2. To nip; to blast; to blight. [Obs.]
Biron is like an envious, sneaping frost.
Sneap, n. A reprimand; a rebuke. [Obs.]
My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without reply.
Sneath (?), Sneathe (?), n. See Snath.
Sneb (?), v. t. [See Snib.] To reprimand; to sneap. [Obs.] Scold and sneb the good oak."
Sneck (?), v. t. [See Snatch.] To fasten by a hatch; to latch, as a door. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Sneck up, be silent; shut up; hold your peace.
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Sneck, n. A door latch. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.]
Sneck band, a latchstring. Burns. -- Sneck drawer, a latch lifter; a bolt drawer; hence, a sly person; a cozener; a cheat; -- called also sneckdraw. -- Sneck drawing, lifting the latch.
Sneck"et (?), n. A door latch, or sneck. [Prov. Eng.]
Sned (?), v. t. To lop; to snathe. [Prov. Eng.]
Sned (?), Sneed (?), n. See Snath.
Sneer (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sneering.] [OE. sneren, Dan. snrre to snarl or grin (like a dog); cf. Prov. E. sneer to grin, sner to snort, snert to sneer at. See Snore, v. i.]
1. To show contempt by turning up the nose, or by a particular facial expression.
2. To inssinuate contempt by a covert expression; to speak derisively.
I could be content to be a little sneared at.
3. To show mirth awkwardly. [R.]
Syn. -- To scoff; gibe; jeer. -- Sneer, Scoff, Jeer. The verb to sneer implies to cast contempt indirectly or by covert expressions. To jeer is stronger, and denotes the use of several sarcastic reflections. To scoff is stronger still, implying the use of insolent mockery and derision.
And sneers as learnedly as they,
Like females o'er their morning tea.
Midas, exposed to all their jeers,
Had lost his art, and kept his ears.
The fop, with learning at defiance,
Scoffs at the pedant and science.
Sneer, v. t.
1. To utter with a grimace or contemptuous expression; to utter with a sneer; to say sneeringly; as, to sneer fulsome lies at a person.
A ship of fools," he sneered.
2. To treat with sneers; to affect or move by sneers.
Nor sneered nor bribed from virtue into shame.
1. The act of sneering.
2. A smile, grin, or contortion of the face, indicative of contempt; an indirect expression or insinuation of contempt. "Who can refute a sneer?"
Sneer"er (?), n. One who sneers.
Sneer"ful (?), a. Given to sneering. [Obs.]
Sneer"ing*ly, adv. In a sneering manner.
Sneeze (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sneezed (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sneezing.] [OE. snesen; of uncertain origin; cf. D. snuse to sniff, E. neese, and AS. fneósan.] To emit air, chiefly through the nose, audibly and violently, by a kind of involuntary convulsive force, occasioned by irritation of the inner membrane of the nose.
Not to be sneezed at, not to be despised or contemned; not to be treated lightly. [Colloq.] He had to do with old women who were not to be sneezed at."
Sneeze, n. A sudden and violent ejection of air with an audible sound, chiefly through the nose.
Sneeze"weed` (?), n. (Bot.) A yellow-flowered composite plant (Helenium autumnale) the odor of which is said to cause sneezing.
Sneeze"wood` (?), n. (Bot.) The wood of a South African tree. See Neishout.
Sneeze"wort` (?), n. (Bot.) A European herbaceous plant (Achillea Ptarmica) allied to the yarrow, having a strong, pungent smell.
Sneez"ing, n. (Physiol.) The act of violently forcing air out through the nasal passages while the cavity of the mouth is shut off from the pharynx by the approximation of the soft palate and the base of the tongue.
Snell (?), a. [AS. snell; akin to D. snel, G. schnell, OHG. snel, Icel. snjallr valiant.] Active; brisk; nimble; quick; sharp. [Archaic or Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
That horny-handed, snell, peremptory little man.
Dr. J. Brown.
Snell, n. A short line of horsehair, gut, etc., by which a fishhook is attached to a longer line.
Snet (?), n. [Cf. G. schnitt that which is cut, fr. schneiden to cut, E. snath.] The fat of a deer. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.]
Snet, v. t. [See Snot.] The clear of mucus; to blow. [Obs.] Snetting his nose."
Snew (?), v. i. To snow; to abound. [Obs.]
It snewed in his house of meat and drink.
Snib (?), v. t. [OE. snibben; cf. Dan. snibbe, and E. snub, v. t.] To check; to sneap; to sneb. [Obs.]
Him would he snib sharply for the nones.
Snib, n. A reprimand; a snub. [Obs.]
Snick (?), n. [Prov. E. snick a notch; cf. Icel. snikka nick, cut.]
1. A small cut or mark.
2. (Cricket) A slight hit or tip of the ball, often unintentional.
3. (Fiber) A knot or irregularity in yarn.
4. (Furriery) A snip or cut, as in the hair of a beast.
Snick and snee [cf. D. snee, snede, a cut], a combat with knives. [Obs.]
Snick, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snicked (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snicking.]
1. To cut slightly; to strike, or strike off, as by cutting.
2. (Cricket) To hit (a ball) lightly.
R. A. Proctor.
Snick, n. & v. t. See Sneck. [Prov. Eng. & Scot.]
Snick up, shut up; silenced. See Sneck up, under Sneck.
Give him money, George, and let him go snick up.
Beau & Fl.
Snick"er (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snickered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snickering.] [Cf. D. snikken to sob, to sigh.] [Written also snigger.]
1. To laugh slyly; to laugh in one's sleeve.
2. To laugh with audible catches of voice, as when persons attempt to suppress loud laughter.
Snick"er, n. A half suppressed, broken laugh. [Written also snigger.]
Snide (?), a. Tricky; deceptive; contemptible; as, a snide lawyer; snide goods. [Slang]
Sniff (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniffed (?) or Snift; p. pr. & vb. n. Sniffing.] [OE. sneven; akin to snivel, snuff; cf. Dan. snive to sniff. See Snuff, v. t.] To draw air audibly up the nose; to snuff; -- sometimes done as a gesture of suspicion, offense, or contempt.
So ye grow squeamish, gods, and sniff at heaven.
Sniff, v. t.
1. To draw in with the breath through the nose; as, to sniff the air of the country.
2. To perceive as by sniffing; to snuff, to scent; to smell; as, to sniff danger.
Sniff, n. The act of sniffing; perception by sniffing; that which is taken by sniffing; as, a sniff of air.
Sniff"ing, n. (Physiol.) A rapid inspiratory act, in which the mouth is kept shut and the air drawn in through the nose.
Snif"fle (?), v. i. [Freq. of sniff. See Snivel.] To snuffle, as one does with a catarrh. [Prov. Eng.]
Snift (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Snifted; p. pr. & vb. n. Snifting.] [From Sniff.]
1. To snort. [Obs.] Resentment expressed by snifting."
2. To sniff; to snuff; to smell.
It now appears that they were still snifing and hankering after their old quarters.
1. A moment. [Prov. Eng.]
2. Slight snow; sleet. [Prov. Eng.]
Snift"ing, a. & n. from Snift.
Snifting valve, a small valve opening into the atmosphere from the cylinder or condenser of a steam engine, to allow the escape of air when the piston makes a stroke; -- so called from the noise made by its action.
Snig (?), v. t. [See Snick a small cut.] To chop off; to cut. [Prov. Eng.]
Snig, v. i. [See Sneak.] To sneak. [Prov. Eng.]
Snig, Snigg, n. [Cf. Sneak.] (Zoöl.) A small eel. [Prov. Eng.]
Snigg"ger (?), v. i. See Snicker.
Snig"ger, n. See Snicker.
Snig"gle (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniggled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Sniggling(?).] [See Snig a kind of eel.] To fish for eels by thrusting the baited hook into their holes or hiding places.
Snig"gle, v. t. To catch, as an eel, by sniggling; hence, to hook; to insnare.
Beau & Fl.
Snip (?), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Snipped (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Snipping.] [D. snippen; akin to G. schnippen.] To cut off the nip or neb of, or to cut off at once with shears or scissors; to clip off suddenly; to nip; hence, to break off; to snatch away.
Curbed and snipped in my younger years by fear of my parents from those vicious excrescences to which that age was subject.
The captain seldom ordered anything out of the ship's stores . . . but I snipped some of it for my own share.
Snip (?), n.
1. A single cut, as with shears or scissors; a clip.
2. A small shred; a bit cut off.
3. A share; a snack. [Obs.]
4. A tailor. [Slang]
Nares. C. Kingsley.
5. Small hand shears for cutting sheet metal.
Snipe (?), n. [OE. snipe; akin to D. snep, snip, LG. sneppe, snippe, G. schnepfe, Icel. snīpa (in comp.), Dan. sneppe, Sw. snäppa a sanpiper, and possibly to E. snap. See Snap, Snaffle.]
1. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline game birds of the family Scolopacidæ, having a long, slender, nearly straight beak.
&hand; The common, or whole, snipe (Gallinago c&oe;lestis) and the great, or double, snipe (G. major), are the most important European species. The Wilson's snipe (G. delicata) (sometimes erroneously called English snipe) and the gray snipe, or dowitcher (Macrohamphus griseus), are well-known American species.
2. A fool; a blockhead. [R.]
Half snipe, the dunlin; the jacksnipe. -- Jack snipe. See Jacksnipe. -- Quail snipe. See under Quail. -- Robin snipe, the knot. -- Sea snipe. See in the Vocabulary. -- Shore snipe, any sandpiper. -- Snipe hawk, the marsh harrier. [Prov. Eng.] -- Stone snipe, the tattler. -- Summer snipe, the dunlin; the green and the common European sandpipers. -- Winter snipe. See Rock snipe, under Rock. -- Woodcock snipe, the great snipe.
Snipe"bill` (?), n.
1. A plane for cutting deep grooves in moldings.
2. A bolt by which the body of a cart is fastened to the axle. [Local, U.S.]
Snipe"fish` (?), n. (Zoöl.) (a) The bellows fish. (b) A long, slender deep-sea fish (Nemichthys scolopaceus) with a slender beak.
Snip"pack (?), n. [Cf. Snipe.] (Zoöl.) The common snipe. [Prov. Eng.]
Snip"per (?), n. One who snips.
Snip"per-snap`er (?), n. A small, insignificant fellow. [Colloq.]
Snip"pet (?), n. A small part or piece.
To be cut into snippets and shreds.
Snip"pet*y (?), a. Ridiculously small; petty. Snippety facts."
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Snip"-snap` (?), n. [Reduplication of snap.] A tart dialogue with quick replies. [R.]
Snip"-snap`, a. Quick; short; sharp; smart.
Snyp"y (?), a. Like a snipe.
Snite (?), n. A snipe. [Obs. or Scot.]
Snite, v. t. [Icel. snīfa. See Snout.] To blow, as the nose; to snuff, as a candle. [Obs. or Scot.]
Snithe (?), Snith"y (?), a. [AS. snīan to cut. See Snathe.] Sharp; piercing; cutting; -- applied to the wind. [Prov. Eng.]
Sniv"el (?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Sniveled (?) or Snivelled; p. pr. & vb. n. Sniveling or Snivelling.] [OE. snivelen, snevelen, snuvelen, freg. of sneven. See Sniff, and cf. Snuffle.]
1. To run at the nose; to make a snuffling noise.
2. To cry or whine with snuffling, as children; to cry weakly or whiningly.
Put stop to thy sniveling ditty.
Sir W. Scott.
Sniv"el, n. [AS. snofel. Cf. Snivel, v. i.] Mucus from the nose; snot.
Sniv"el*er (?), n. [Written also sniveller.] One who snivels, esp. one who snivels habitually.
Sniv"el*y (?), a. Running at the nose; sniveling pitiful; whining.
Snob (?), n. [Icel. snāpr a dolt, impostor, charlatan. Cf. Snub.]
1. A vulgar person who affects to be better, richer, or more fashionable, than he really is; a vulgar upstart; one who apes his superiors.
Essentially vulgar, a snob. -- a gilded snob, but none the less a snob.
R. G. White.
2. (Eng. Univ.) A townsman. [Canf]
3. A journeyman shoemaker. [Prov. Eng.]
4. A workman who accepts lower than the usual wages, or who refuses to strike when his fellows do; a rat; a knobstick.
Those who work for lower wages during a strike are called snobs, the men who stand out being nobs"
<-- 5. One who adopts an offensive air of superiority to those he considers as inferiors, esp. by avoiding or ignoring them. -->
Snob"ber*y (?), n. The quality of being snobbish; snobbishness.
Snob"bish (?), a. Of or pertaining to a snob; characteristic of, or befitting, a snob; vulgarly pretentious. -- Snob"bish*ly, adv.
Snob"bish*ness, n. Vulgar affectation or ostentation; mean admiration of mean things; conduct or manners of a snob.
Snob"bism (?), n. Snobbery.