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See also: snèap


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From Middle English snaipen (to nip, injure, afflict, rebuke, revile, criticize), from Old Norse sneypa (to outrage, dishonor, disgrace), from Proto-Germanic *snupaną, *snubaną (to snap, cut), of unknown origin. See also snap.


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sneap (third-person singular simple present sneaps, present participle sneaping, simple past and past participle sneaped)

  1. (transitive, dialectal) To check; reprove abruptly; reprimand; rebuke; chide.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)
  2. (transitive, dialectal) To nip; bite; pinch; blast; blight.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?) - King Ferdinand of Navarre; Berowne is like an envious sneaping frost, That bites the first born infants of the spring. - Line 100 from Love's Labour's Lost
  3. (transitive, dialectal) To thwart; offend.
  4. (colloquial) To put someone's nose out of joint; offend.
    She was sneaped when she wasn't invited to his party.


sneap (plural sneaps)

  1. (obsolete) A reprimand; a rebuke.
    • Shakespeare
      My lord, I will not undergo this sneap without reply.