What does snatch mean?

Definitions for snatch

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word snatch.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. snatch, bitnoun

    a small fragment

    "overheard snatches of their conversation"

  2. cunt, puss, pussy, slit, snatch, twatnoun

    obscene terms for female genitals

  3. kidnapping, snatchnoun

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

  4. snatchnoun

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

  5. catch, grab, snatch, snapverb

    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, snapverb

    to grasp hastily or eagerly

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

  7. snatchverb

    to make grasping motions

    "the cat snatched at the butterflies"

  8. kidnap, nobble, abduct, snatchverb

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

    "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"


  1. snatchnoun

    A quick grab or catch.

    The leftfielder makes a nice snatch to end the inning.

  2. snatchnoun

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

  3. snatchnoun

    A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.

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

  4. snatchnoun

    A vulva.

  5. snatchverb

    To grasp quickly.

    He snatched up the phone.

  6. snatchverb

    To grasp and remove quickly.

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

  7. snatchverb

    To steal.

    Someone has just snatched my purse!

  8. snatchverb

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

  9. snatchverb

    To do something quickly due to limited time available.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Snatchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    After a shower to weeding a snatch;
    More easily weed with the root to dispatch. Thomas Tusser.

    She chaunted snatches of old tunes,
    As one incapable of her own distress. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    In this work attempts will exceed performances, it being composed by snatches of time, as medical vacations would permit. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours.

    The snatches in his voice,
    And burst of speaking, were as his. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    They move by fits and snatches; so that it is not conceivable how they conduce unto a motion, which, by reason of its perpetuity, must be regular and equal. John Wilkins, Dædalus.

    We have often little snatches of sunshine and fair weather in the most uncomfortable parts of the year. Spectator.

    Come, leave your snatches, and yield me a direct answer. William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure.

  2. To SNATCHverb

    Etymology: snacken, Dutch

    A virtuous mind should rather wish to depart this world with a kind of treatable dissolution, than to be suddenly cut off in a moment; rather to be taken than snatched away from the face of the earth. Richard Hooker.

    So snatch’d, will not exempt us from the pain. John Milton.

    Life’s stream hurries all too fast:
    In vain sedate reflections we would make,
    When half our knowledge we must snatch, not take. Alexander Pope.

    She snatch’d a sheet of Thule from her bed:
    Sudden she flies, and whelms it o’er the pyre;
    Down sink the flames. Alexander Pope, Dunciad.

    They, sailing down the stream,
    Are snatch’d immediate by the quick-ey’d trout
    Of darting salmon. James Thomson, Summer.

    He had scarce performed any part of the office of a bishop in the diocess of London, when he was snatched from thence, and promoted to Canterbury. Edward Hyde.

    Oh nature!
    Inrich me with the knowledge of thy works,
    Snatch me to heaven. James Thomson, Autumn.

  3. To Snatchverb

    To bite, or catch eagerly at something.

    Lords will not let me: if I had a monopoly on’t, they would have part on’t; nay, the ladies too will be snatching. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    He shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry. Is. ix. 20.

    Lycus, swifter of his feet,
    Runs, doubles, winds and turns, amidst the war;
    Springs to the walls, and leaves his foes behind,
    And snatches at the beam he first can find. John Dryden, Æn.


  1. snatch

    Snatch is a verb that generally means to quickly seize or grab something in a rude or aggressive manner. It can also be a noun referring to the act of snatching or specific weightlifting exercise where a weight is lifted from the ground to above the head in one swift movement.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Snatchnoun

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

  2. Snatchnoun

    to seize and transport away; to rap

  3. Snatchverb

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

  4. Snatchnoun

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

  5. Snatchnoun

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

  6. Snatchnoun

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

  7. Snatchnoun

    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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. snatch

    Any open lead for a rope: if not furnished with a sheave, it is termed a dumb snatch, as on the bows and quarters for hawsers.

Rap Dictionary

  1. snatchverb

    To steal or take. "And I'ma snatch your ass from the backside" -- Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg (Fu** With Dre Day)

  2. snatchnoun


British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

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

Anagrams for snatch »

  1. stanch

  2. chanst

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of snatch in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of snatch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of snatch in a Sentence

  1. Lord Chesterfield:

    Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

  2. J. R. R. Tolkien, Mandos, The Silmarillion, Of the Flight of the Noldor:

    Their Oath shall drive them, and yet betray them, and ever snatch away the very treasures that they have sworn to pursue.

  3. Chicago Teachers Union:

    This is a betrayal of the Board's promise to not allow charters to snatch up closed schools.

  4. Nicolas Delarocque:

    French consumption is like a pie that's already been divvied up and you have to fight to snatch a new one, mall owners now realise they're better off having downmarket stores that draw crowds rather than high-end ones that don't.

  5. Earl of Chesterfield:

    Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no delay, no procrastination; never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.

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Translations for snatch

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  • Reißen, klauen, stehlenGerman
  • arrebatar, raptar, arrancada, arranqueSpanish
  • tempaus, siepata, siemaista, napata, näpistää, kopata, vilkaista, katkelma, haukata, kulauttaaFinnish
  • enlever, voler, arraché, bribe, saisir, piquer, s'emparer de, empoigner, arracherFrench
  • kaptarIdo
  • scippare, strappareItalian
  • 奪うJapanese
  • pītau, tatango, pītautauMāori
  • wegpikken, weggraaien, afpakken, graai, doos, graaienDutch
  • bucetaPortuguese
  • схватить, выхватывать, хватать, стащить, выхватитьRussian
  • fitta, mutta, murra, kussimurraSwedish
  • பறிக்கTamil

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