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snap +‎ -er



snapper (plural snappers)

  1. One who, or that which, snaps.
    a snapper-up of bargains
    the snapper of a whip
  2. Any of approximately 100 different species of fish.
    1. (Australia, New Zealand) The fish Chrysophrys auratus, especially an adult of the species.
    2. (US) Any of the family Lutjanidae of percoid fishes, especially the red snapper.
  3. (Ireland, slang) A (human) baby.
  4. (American football) The player who snaps the ball to start the play.
  5. (US) Small, paper-wrapped item containing a minute quantity of explosive composition coated on small bits of sand, which explodes noisily when thrown onto a hard surface.
  6. (slang) One who takes snaps; a photographer.
  7. (US, informal) The snapping turtle.
  8. The green woodpecker, or yaffle (Picus viridis).
  9. A snap beetle (family Elateridae).
  10. (historical) A telegraphic device with a flexible metal tongue for producing clicks like those of the sounder.
  11. (US, colloquial) A string bean.
  12. (slang) The vulva.
    • 2004, Mary B. Morrison, Never Again Once More
      At thirty-nine, her snapper was snapping at practically every man that appeared halfway decent and had a pulse.
    • 2010, Phil Torcivia, Nice Meeting You:
      Then, get this, when we finished, she grabbed what looked like one of her husband's T-shirts, wiped her snapper, threw it into the back, []
  13. (slang, entertainment) A punchline.
    • 1976, Larry Wilde, How the Great Comedy Writers Create Laughter (page 101)
      I don't want a pause before the snapper.
    • 2011, Judy Kerr, Acting is Everything
      The end should always be a “snapper.” The punchline of a monologue is extremely important. Find a good one.
    • 2018, Michelle Ann Abate, Funny Girls (page 55)
      In fact, he began the comic by coming up with the final panel, which he called “the snapper,” and worked backward.


Derived terms[edit]


  1. ^ 1990, Richard Allan, Australian Fish and How to Catch Them, →ISBN, page 309.
  2. ^ “Snapper”, entry in 1966, An Encyclopedia of New Zealand.