Definition of snatch noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//snætʃ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//snætʃ//
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  1. 1a very small part of a conversation or some music that you hear synonym snippet a snatch of music I only caught snatches of the conversation.
  2. 2an act of moving your hand very quickly to take or steal something a bag snatch to make a snatch at something
  3. 3(taboo, slang) an offensive word for a woman’s outer sex organs
  4. Word OriginMiddle English sna(c)che (verb) ‘suddenly snap at’, (noun) ‘a snare’; perhaps related to snack.Extra examples She learned to sleep in brief snatches. We caught snatches of conversation from the room next door. I heard a snatch of music coming from the bar.Idioms for short periods rather than continuously Sleep came to him in brief snatches.
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