Definitions for snatchsnætʃ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to make a sudden effort to seize something, as with the hand; grab (usu. fol. by at).

  2. (v.t.)to seize by a sudden or hasty grasp:

    He snatched the woman's purse and ran.

  3. to take, pull, etc., suddenly or hastily.

  4. Slang. to kidnap.

  5. (n.)an act or instance of snatching.

  6. a sudden motion to seize something.

  7. a bit, scrap, or fragment of something:

    snatches of conversation.

  8. a brief spell of effort or activity:

    to work in snatches.

  9. Slang. an act of kidnapping.

    Category: Status (usage)

  10. Weightlifting. a lift in which the barbell is brought in a single motion from the floor to an arms-extended position overhead.

    Category: Sports and Games

Origin of snatch:

1175–1225; ME snacche (n.), snacchen (v.)


Princeton's WordNet

  1. snatch, bit(noun)

    a small fragment

    "overheard snatches of their conversation"

  2. cunt, puss, pussy, slit, snatch, twat(noun)

    obscene terms for female genitals

  3. kidnapping, snatch(noun)

    (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment

  4. snatch(noun)

    a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion

  5. catch, grab, snatch, snap(verb)

    the act of catching an object with the hands

    "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion"

  6. snatch, snatch up, snap(verb)

    to grasp hastily or eagerly

    "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone"

  7. snatch(verb)

    to make grasping motions

    "the cat snatched at the butterflies"

  8. kidnap, nobble, abduct, snatch(verb)

    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom

    "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. snatch(verb)ætʃ

    to take sth out of sb's hand too quickly

    He snatched the bag right out of her hands.


  1. snatch(Noun)

    A quick grab or catch.

    The leftfielder makes a nice snatch to end the inning.

  2. snatch(Noun)

    A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.

  3. snatch(Noun)

    A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.

    I heard a snatch of Mozart as I passed the open window.

  4. snatch(Noun)

    A vulva.

  5. snatch(Verb)

    To grasp quickly.

    He snatched up the phone.

  6. snatch(Verb)

    To grasp and remove quickly.

    He snatched the letter out of the secretary's hand.

  7. snatch(Verb)

    To steal.

    Someone has just snatched my purse!

  8. snatch(Verb)

    (by extension) To take a victory at the last moment.

  9. snatch(Verb)

    To do something quickly due to limited time available.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snatch(noun)

    to take or seize hastily, abruptly, or without permission or ceremony; as, to snatch a loaf or a kiss

  2. Snatch(noun)

    to seize and transport away; to rap

  3. Snatch(verb)

    to attempt to seize something suddenly; to catch; -- often with at; as, to snatch at a rope

  4. Snatch(noun)

    a hasty catching or seizing; a grab; a catching at, or attempt to seize, suddenly

  5. Snatch(noun)

    a short period of vigorous action; as, a snatch at weeding after a shower

  6. Snatch(noun)

    a small piece, fragment, or quantity; a broken part; a scrap

  7. Snatch(noun)

    the handle of a scythe; a snead


  1. Snatch

    Snatch is a 2000 comedy-crime film written and directed by British filmmaker Guy Ritchie, featuring an ensemble cast. Set in the London criminal underworld, the film contains two intertwined plots: one dealing with the search for a stolen diamond, the other with a small-time boxing promoter named Turkish who finds himself under the thumb of a ruthless gangster known as Brick Top. The film features an assortment of colourful characters, including Irish Traveller Mickey O'Neil, arms-dealer Boris "the Blade" Yurinov, professional thief and gambling addict Franky "Four-Fingers", American gangster-jeweller "Cousin Avi", and bounty hunter Bullet-Tooth Tony. It is also distinguished by a kinetic direction and editing style, a circular plot featuring numerous ironic twists of chance and causality, and a fast pace. The film shares themes, ideas and motifs with Ritchie's first film, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It is also filmed in the same visual style and features many of the same actors, including Jones, Statham, and Ford.

British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'snatch' in Verbs Frequency: #995

Translations for snatch

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an attempt to seize

The thief made a snatch at her handbag.

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