Translation of "snap" - English-Spanish dictionary


verb uk /snæp/ us /snæp/ present participle snapping, past tense and past participle snapped

If something long and thin snaps, it breaks making a short, loud sound, and if you snap it, you break it, making a short, loud sound.

romper(se), quebrar(se)
The twigs snapped as we walked on them.

to say something suddenly in an angry way

hablar bruscamente
Mum snapped at us when she saw the mess.

If an animal snaps, it tries to bite someone.

intentar morder

Phrasal verb(s)

noun uk /snæp/ us /snæp/

a sudden, short, loud sound like something breaking

I heard a snap as I sat on the pencil.

UK informal a photograph

holiday snaps

US UK popper, press stud a small metal fastener used on clothes


(Translation of “snap” from the Cambridge English-Spanish Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)


verb /snӕp/ (past tense, past participle snapped)

(with at) to make a biting movement, to try to grasp with the teeth

intentar morder
The dog snapped at his ankles.

to break with a sudden sharp noise

He snapped the stick in half
The handle of the cup snapped off.

to (cause to) make a sudden sharp noise, in moving etc

chasquear, hacer/producir un ruido seco
The lid snapped shut.

to speak in a sharp especially angry way

regañar, hablar con brusquedad
’Mind your own business!’ he snapped.

to take a photograph of

sacar una foto
He snapped the children playing in the garden.
snappy adjective (comparative snappier, superlative snappiest)

irritable; inclined to snap

He is always rather snappy on a Monday morning.

quick; prompt

You’ll have to be snappy if you’re catching that bus!


He’s certainly a snappy dresser.
snappily adverb

de manera irritable
He is always snappily dressed.
snappiness noun

snapshot noun

a photograph taken quickly and without a lot of equipment

foto instantánea
That’s a good snapshot of the children playing in the garden.
snap one’s fingers

to make a sharp noise by moving the thumb quickly across the top joint of the middle finger, as an informal gesture eg to attract someone’s attention, mark the rhythm in music etc

chasquear los dedos
She just had to snap her fingers and a servant would come running up to her.
snap up phrasal verb

to grab eagerly

I saw this bargain in the shop and snapped it up straight away
The bargains were snapped up.

(Translation of “snap” from the PASSWORD English-Spanish Dictionary © 2014 K Dictionaries Ltd)