Etymology
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snip (n.)

1550s, "small piece of cut-out cloth," probably from Dutch or Low German snippen "to snip, shred," of imitative origin. Meaning "cut made by scissors" is from 1590s. As a nickname or cant word for a tailor, 1590s. Snip-snap-snorum, the card game, is 1755, from Low German.

snip (v.)

"to cut at one light, quick stroke," 1580s, from snip (n.). Related: Snipped; snipping.

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Definitions of snip
1
snip (v.)
sever or remove by pinching or snipping;
Synonyms: nip / nip off / clip / snip off
snip (v.)
cultivate, tend, and cut back the growth of;
Synonyms: clip / crop / trim / lop / dress / prune / cut back
2
snip (n.)
a small piece of anything (especially a piece that has been snipped off);
Synonyms: snippet / snipping
snip (n.)
the act of clipping or snipping;
Synonyms: clip / clipping
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