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American English: /snæp/
British English: /snap/

Translation of snap in Spanish:


  • 1 countable (sound)
    chasquido (masculine)
    ruido (masculine) seco
    the snap of the whip
    el chasquido or restallido del látigo
    with a snap of his fingers
    con un chasquido de los dedos
    Example sentences
    • A cacophony of loud snaps and steps echoed through the forest, oftentimes followed by the loud blast of a rifle.
    • Suddenly there was a loud snap, which sounded through the basement, and Lizzie had stopped screaming.
    • Keily heard a loud snap, like the sound of bones breaking as she flew through the air.
  • 3 uncountable (energy) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The vocal tone of the group was lovely but there was no oomph, no snap, no crackle and definitely no pop.
    • DVDs counter a sluggish CD market by adding visual snap to the crackle of pop
    • Like a bowl of rice bubbles that only needs milk, this article only needs a reader for it to go snap, crackle, pop!
    Example sentences
    • Controlling the king was a snap - much easier than controlling his strong willed daughter.
    • Agility courses and obedience trials are a snap for the cattle dog, so are intense sessions with Frisbee or flyball.
    • She admits in a personal essay to having thought ‘in a moment of high arrogance’ that it would be a snap.
  • 4 countable (photo) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Again don't worry about the quality; it can be a passport photo or a holiday snap!
    • It means one thing to carry, and the quality is easily good enough for printable holiday snaps, he says.
    • Shot with large format cameras and lit like a film set, the production of these photographs was far more than just for holiday snaps.
  • 5 countable (Meteorology)a cold snap
    Example sentences
    • Cold snaps may lead to frosts inland, though temperatures about the coast are generally mild all year round.
    • Cold snaps won't hurt emerging leaves or closed buds, she added.
    • A snap of cold and wet weather will give rise to pneumonia in calves so stay vigilant.
  • 6 uncountable (British) 6.1 (card game)
    (juego de baraja en el que se canta 'snap' cada vez que aparecen dos cartas iguales)
    Example sentences
    • The school is also encouraging parents to introduce their children to cards games such as old maid, snap and bridge.
    • A new pack of cards is set to revolutionise the way we play snap.
    • To consolidate learning, children can make cards for a game of 'Snap', with one hand-drawn image and geographical term on each card.
    6.2 (as interjection) [colloquial]I got 83% — snap! (so did I)
    yo saqué un 83% — ¡chócate esa or chócatela or chócala (, yo también)!
  • 7 (easy task) (US) [colloquial] (no plural) it's a snap
    es facilísimo
    está tirado [colloquial]
    es una papa or un bollo (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
    es chancaca (Chile) [colloquial]

transitive verb present participle snapping past tense, past participle snapped

  • 1 1.1 (break)
    Example sentences
    • The door staircase suddenly snapped off the foundation and soared up into the clouds, suddenly being torn apart by flying shrapnel of glass and metal.
    • Twigs were snapped off trees and one twig broke free from its limb and and flew straight at Spot and took his eye right out.
    • We don't have a car any longer simply because we were fed up with having wing mirrors snapped off, windscreen wipers broken or paintwork scratched.
    1.2 (make sharp sound) she snapped the lid/book shut
    cerró la tapa/el libro de un golpe
    finger 1 1
  • 2 (utter sharply)
    decir bruscamente
    shut up, he snapped
    —cállate— dijo bruscamente
    Example sentences
    • I snapped at him irritably, ignoring how my heart still bruised my ribcage with every beat.
    • I just snapped at my kids for no reason other than I felt like snapping.
    • The support worker snapped at me that she didn't have any patience with me after what had happened the night before, and I shouldn't even be there, I was lucky they let me go back.
  • 3 (photograph)
    sacarle una foto a
    he snapped the whole family in the garden
    le sacó una foto a toda la familia en el jardín
    Example sentences
    • I accept that on the fateful day you snapped and lost your self-control as a result of that build up.
    • He claimed he could not remember anything of what followed before finding blood on himself, and told the jury he must have lost his temper and snapped after years of verbal abuse from Mr Berry.
    • But for whatever reason, he snapped and lost his temper that night.
    Example sentences
    • The actress claims a paparazzo photographer used a telephoto lens to snap her when she was partly undressed in her home.
    • Emaleth dug around her schoolbag, came up with a sleek little digital camera and snapped my picture before I could say a word.
    • He tracked down a paparazzo photographer who had snapped him surfing, and the pictures showed he was wearing the ring before he entered the water, but not after.

intransitive verb present participle snapping past tense, past participle snapped

  • 1 (bite) be careful: he snaps
    ten cuidado, que muerde
    the dog snapped at my ankles
    el perro me quiso morder los tobillos
    the fish are snapping today
    hoy pican los peces
  • 2 2.1 (break)
    quebrarse (esp Latin America)
    it just snapped off in my hand
    se me partió or (esp Latin America) se me quebró en la mano
    the plank snapped in two
    la tabla se partió en dos
    his nerves finally snapped
    al fin explotó
    my patience snapped
    se me acabó la paciencia
    2.2 (click) to snap shut
    cerrarse (con un clic)
  • 3 (speak sharply)
    hablar con brusquedad
    sorry, I didn't mean to snap
    perdona, no quise saltar así
    no need to snap!
    no hace falta que te pongas así
    to snap at somebody
    hablarle con brusquedad a alguien
  • 4 (move quickly) the soldier snapped to attention
    el soldado se cuadró
    come on, snap to it!
    ¡vamos, rápido or muévete!
    to snap out of it
    (of depression) animarse
    (of lethargy, inertia) espabilarse
    snap out of it!


  • (decision/judgment/move)
    to call a snap election
    convocar elecciones anticipadas
    Example sentences
    • Beattie says his decision to call a snap election has been based on the need to urgently repair the state's system of child protection.
    • Clinton and his advisors were clearly taken aback by Barak's snap election decision.
    • My mother would make a snap judgment about him the moment she saw him, and, whether it be good or bad, when she heard he got me pregnant, all hell would break loose.


  • to go snap

Phrasal verbs

snap back

verb + adverb (US)

snap up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
no dejar escapar
they'll snap it up at that price
a ese precio te lo quitarán de las manos
snap it up! (US) [colloquial]
¡date prisa!
¡apúrate! (Latin America)
¡metele! (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]
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