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

snatchable, adjective
snatcher, noun
snatchingly, adverb
outsnatch, verb (used with object)
unsnatched, adjective Unabridged
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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 & History

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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