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[snip-it] /ˈsnɪp ɪt/
a small piece snipped off; a small bit, scrap, or fragment:
an anthology of snippets.
Informal. a small or insignificant person.
1655-65; snip + -et Unabridged
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Examples from the web for snippets
  • They'll be asked to learn snippets of whale calls and to simulate whales trying to locate each other in the ocean.
  • We deplore the shift to blogs, snippets, and tweets.
  • These two snippets make me wonder too about the veracity of the rest of the article.
  • After listening to the snippets, the subjects were shown a photograph of a face.
  • Humans excel at extracting meaning and sentiment from even the tiniest snippets of text, a task that stumps machines.
  • snippets of those conversations accompany his portraits.
  • The song snippets may work only on that old phone you gave away to your nephew.
  • In the past, it has discussed extreme events in snippets in its report.
  • The system is mostly too decentralized than that you can get more than a few snippets even from a relatively high commander.
  • Here are snippets from her revealing article, illustrated with photographs from the troubled superstar's career.
British Dictionary definitions for snippets


a small scrap or fragment
Derived Forms
snippetiness, noun
snippety, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from snip + -et
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Word Origin and History for snippets



1660s, from snip (n.) + diminutive suffix -et.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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