snape

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin obscure. Perhaps from snape, a dialectal variant of sneap (to nip, bite, pinch). More at sneap.

Verb[edit]

snape (third-person singular simple present snapes, present participle snaping, simple past and past participle snaped)

  1. (shipbuilding) To bevel the end of a timber to fit against an inclined surface.
    • 2000, William L. Crothers, The American-built Clipper Ship, 1850-1856, International Marine, page 265
      It had to be accurately cut and trimmed, and its upper edge scored to suit the snaping of every beam end.

Etymology 2[edit]

Variation of sneap.

Verb[edit]

snape (third-person singular simple present snapes, present participle snaping, simple past and past participle snaped)

  1. Alternative form of sneap.
    • 1871, John Esten Cooke, Out of the Foam
      He saw nothing, heard nothing, rushed on, he knew not whither, snaping, and uttering hoarse cries.
    • 1861, Terry A. Johnston, Him on One Side and Me on the Other, Univ. of South Carolina Press, p48, 1999 (quoting Alexander Campbell)
      The colnel (sic) I dont think like him much. I undirstand (sic) he was always snaping him.
    • 2001, Joan Raphael-Leff, Pregnancy: The Inside Story, Karnac Books, page 22
      I imagine her prodding my flab and snaping, "There's nothing there — get rid of that!"

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Middle English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse sneypa (to outrage, dishonor, disgrace)

Verb[edit]

snape(third-person singular simple present snapeth, present participle snapende, simple past and past participle snaped)

  1. To injure; of snow or sleet: nip, afflict
    • Þe snawe snitered ful snart, þat snayped þe wylde. — Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, c1400
    • Ilke a barne in þe burgh all blaught is hys wedes Als any snappand snaw. — Wars of Alexander, 1500
  2. To rebuke; revile, criticize
    • Vte of desert þar he was in, He com to snaip þe king sinn. — Cursor Mundi, 1400
    • To Snape: corripere — Catholicon Anglicum, 1483

Related terms[edit]

  • snapli (sharply, bitingly; reproachfully)

References[edit]

Middle English Dictionary, snaipen, snaip, snape