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- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsnəʊ.drɒp/
- (US) enPR: snōʹdräp, IPA(key): /ˈsnoʊ.drɑp/
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- Hyphenation: snow‧drop
snowdrop (plural snowdrops)
- Any of the 20 species of the genus Galanthus of the Amaryllidaceae, bulbous flowering plants, bearing a solitary, pendulous, white, bell-shaped flower that appears, depending on species, between autumn and late winter or early spring, all native to temperate Eurasia.
- (Australia, slang, transitive, intransitive) To steal clothing (especially women's underwear) from a clothesline.
1989, Southerly: The Magazine of the Australian English Association, Sydney:
- MS: There was a lot of snowdropping in those days? SL: Oh, I've never actually stooped to snowdropping; I used to go into shops. Boosting, man, boosting. But you learn how to survive.
1992, Peter O'Toole, Loitering With Intent: The Early Years:
- 'Snowdropping' is the business of some poor sods who, often from laundry drying on a clothes line, pinch items of ladies' underwear, take them away and sniff them.
2011, Tony Hardy, Fifteen Percent Pregnant: A Story of Life, and Love, and IVF:
- It'll be like snowdropping clothes from a clothesline. We'll snowdrop a baby.