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See also: snít and šnit



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Particularly: “These senses appear to have separate derivations. The volume sense is likely related to Proto-Germanic *snidaz, i.e. a a little, a bit.”

Also perhaps from the Germanschnitt” which is a portion of beer that is smaller than a glass.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /snɪt/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪt


snit (plural snits)

  1. A temper; a lack of patience; a bad mood.
    He's in a snit because he got passed over for promotion.
    • 2013, Florida Ann Town, On the Rim (page 84)
      She was confused. Now that he had worked himself into a snit he'd be angry if she unmade the bed and did what he wanted.
  2. A U.S. unit of volume for liquor equal to 2 jiggers, 3 U.S. fluid ounces, or 88.7 milliliters.
  3. (US, dialect) A beer chaser commonly served in three-ounce servings in highball or juice glasses with a Bloody Mary cocktail in the upper midwest states of United States including Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan, and Illinois.
    The bartender served us each a snit with our Bloody Marys this morning.

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From Old High German snita, from Proto-Germanic *snidaz (cut, slice, piece).


snit f

  1. (Luserna) cut, slice, piece
    Bar böllatn a snit turt un an kafè.We would like a piece of cake and a coffee.


  • “snit” in Patuzzi, Umberto, ed., (2013) Ünsarne Börtar [Our Words], Luserna, Italy: Comitato unitario delle linguistiche storiche germaniche in Italia / Einheitskomitee der historischen deutschen Sprachinseln in Italien