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.
- (transitive, dialectal) To check; reprove abruptly; reprimand; rebuke; chide.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Bishop Hall to this entry?)
- (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
- (transitive, dialectal) To thwart; offend.
- (colloquial) To put someone's nose out of joint; offend.
- She was sneaped when she wasn't invited to his party.
sneap (plural sneaps)