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From snip +‎ -et. Compare snippock.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsnɪpɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈsnɪpɪt/, [ˈsnɪpɪ̈(ʔ)t̚]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪpɪt


snippet (plural snippets)

  1. A small part of something, such as a song or fabric; sample.
    From the snippet I heard of their rehearsal, they sound pretty good.
    • 1902, Beatrix Potter, The Tailor of Gloucester::
      He cut his coats without waste; according to his embroidered cloth, they were very small ends and snippets that lay about upon the table []
    • 1959 April, P. Ransome-Wallis, “The Southern in Trouble on the Kent Coast”, in Trains Illustrated, London: Ian Allan Publishing, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 216:
      On another occasion a "Schools" class, No. 30911 Dover, with a load of eight bogies on the same train was badly delayed by signals all the way, but made very determined attempts to pick up time whenever possible. This resulted in a sustained speed of 50 m.p.h. up Sole Street bank and several snippets in the "eighties".
    • 1988, Roald Dahl, Matilda:
      Miss Honey smiled. It was extraordinary, she told herself, how this little snippet of a girl seemed suddenly to be taking charge of her problems, and with such authority, too.
  2. (computing) A text file containing a relatively small amount of code, useless by itself, along with instructions for inserting that code into a larger codebase.


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snippet (third-person singular simple present snippets, present participle snippeting or (nonstandard) snippetting, simple past and past participle snippeted or (nonstandard) snippetted)

  1. (transitive, often computing) To produce a snippet (small part) of; to excerpt.
    We snippeted the blog posts for display on the home page.
  2. To make small cuts, to snip, particularly with scissors.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Doubled ‘tt’ is incorrect per standard spelling rules, but reasonably common.