[snach] /snætʃ/
verb (used without object)
to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usually followed by at).
verb (used with object)
to seize by a sudden or hasty grasp:
"He snatched the old lady's purse and ran."
to take, get, secure, etc., suddenly or hastily.
to rescue or save by prompt action:
"He snatched the baby from the fire."
Slang. to kidnap.
the act or an instance of snatching.
a sudden motion to seize something; grab:
"He made a snatch as if to stop her."
a bit, scrap, or fragment of something:
"snatches of conversation."
a brief spell of effort, activity, or any experience:
"to work in snatches."
Nautical. a sheave or projecting member serving as a fairlead.
a brief period of time.
Slang. an act of kidnapping.
Slang: Vulgar. vulva; vagina.
Weightlifting. a lift in which the barbell is brought in a single motion from the floor to an arms-extended position overhead.
Compare clean and jerk.
1175–1225; Middle English snacche (noun), snacchen (v.) < ?; cognate with Middle Dutch snacken
Related forms
snatchable, adjective
snatcher, noun
snatchingly, adverb
outsnatch, verb (used with object)
unsnatched, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for outsnatch
snatch (snætʃ)
vb (usually foll by at)
1.  (tr) to seize or grasp (something) suddenly or peremptorily: he snatched the chocolate out of my hand
2.  to seize or attempt to seize suddenly
3.  (tr) to take hurriedly: to snatch some sleep
4.  (tr) to remove suddenly: she snatched her hand away
5.  (tr) to gain, win, or rescue, esp narrowly: they snatched victory in the closing seconds
6.  (tr) (in weightlifting) to lift (a weight) with a snatch
7.  informal (Austral) snatch one's time to leave a job, taking whatever pay is due
8.  an act of snatching
9.  a fragment or small incomplete part: snatches of conversation
10.  a brief spell: snatches of time off
11.  weightlifting a lift in which the weight is raised in one quick motion from the floor to an overhead position
12.  slang chiefly (US) an act of kidnapping
13.  slang (Brit) a robbery: a diamond snatch
[C13 snacchen; related to Middle Dutch snakken to gasp, Old Norse snaka to sniff around]

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Word Origin and History for outsnatch
early 13c., perhaps from M.Du. snacken "to snatch, chatter." The noun is attested from c.1300; vulgar slang sense of "vulva" is recorded from 1903; from a much older sense of "sexual intercourse quickly performed" (1580s). Weight-lifting sense is attested from 1928.
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Slang definitions & phrases for outsnatch


  1. : a $50,000 ransom to get him back from a snatch
  2. : A piece of paper covering the slit was rolled aside in the course of a snatch
  3. The vulva; cunt : Put the goddamned piece up her snatch and pulled the trigger (1903+)
  1. To kidnap : The kid was snatched as he left school (1932+)
  2. To steal (1765+)

put the snatch on someone or something

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