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Dictionary Definition

snatch

Noun

1 a small fragment; "overheard snatches of their conversation" [syn: bit]
2 obscene terms for female genitals [syn: cunt, puss, pussy, slit, twat]
3 (law) the unlawful act of capturing and carrying away a person against their will and holding them in false imprisonment [syn: kidnapping]
4 a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted overhead in one rapid motion
5 the act of catching an object with the hands; "Mays made the catch with his back to the plate"; "he made a grab for the ball before it landed"; "Martin's snatch at the bridle failed and the horse raced away"; "the infielder's snap and throw was a single motion" [syn: catch, grab, snap]

Verb

1 to grasp hastily or eagerly; "Before I could stop him the dog snatched the ham bone" [syn: snatch up, snap]
2 to make grasping motions; "the cat snatched at the butterflies"
3 take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped" [syn: kidnap, nobble, abduct]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /snætʃ/
  • Rhymes with: -ætʃ

Verb

  1. To grasp quickly.
    He snatched up the phone.
  2. To grasp and remove quickly.
    He snatched the letter out of the secretary's hand.
  3. To steal.
    Someone has just snatched my purse!
  4. (by extension) To take a victory at the last moment.
  5. To do something quickly due to limited time available.
    He snatched a sandwich before catching the train.
    He snatched a look at her while her mother had her back turned.

Translations

grasp quickly
grasp and remove
steal
snatch a victory
do quickly

Derived terms

Synonyms

Noun

  1. A quick grab or catch.
    The leftfielder makes a nice snatch to end the inning.
  2. A competitive weightlifting event in which a barbell is lifted from the platform to locked arms overhead in a smooth continuous movement.
  3. A piece of some sound, usually music or conversation.
    I heard a snatch of Mozart as I passed the open window.
  4. A vagina.
    • 1962, Douglas Woolf, Wall to Wall,] Grove Press, page 83,
      Claude, is it true what they say about Olovia? Of course she’s getting a little old for us—what about Marilyum, did you try her snatch?
    • 1985, Jackie Collins, Lucky,[http://books.google.com/books?id=PtP_s_0hps8C Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671524933, page 150,
      Roughly Santino ripped the sheet from the bed, exposing all of her. She had blond hair on her snatch, which drove him crazy. He was partial to blondes.
    • 2008, Jim Craig, North to Disaster,[http://books.google.com/books?id=1hCYuK-Fuc8C ] Bushak Press, ISBN 0961711213, page 178,
      “You want me to ask Brandy to let you paint her naked body with all this gooey stuff to make a mold of her snatch?”

Synonyms

Translations

A quick grab or catch
A competitive weightlifting event
A piece of sound
A vagina

Extensive Definition

Snatch may mean:

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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