Definition of snit in US English:



North American
  • A fit of irritation; a sulk.

    ‘the ambassador and delegation had withdrawn in a snit’
    • ‘Here in the US the principal right that gets people in a snit is the right to property.’
    • ‘I didn't quite mean to convey the image that I was in a snit because people disagreed with, or even disliked me.’
    • ‘My sister was in a snit from being grounded and I wanted to shake it out of her and tell her to stop being such a selfish brat.’
    • ‘During the times when he's not in a snit about something, he can actually be fun.’
    • ‘You've got the left already in a fight, and a lot of people in a snit about this, about who lost the election, so I don't think that unity is there.’
    • ‘He'd been in such snits before, and many of his captors didn't live long enough to regret it.’
    • ‘Oh, this should get the far left in a nice little Christmas snit.’
    • ‘She was in a snit when she left the farm, so you best tread carefully.’
    • ‘If she severs relations in a snit, well, so be it.’
    • ‘He left in a snit, flew home and hasn't been called since.’
    • ‘Major League Baseball is in a big snit over the Washington, D.C., city council's decision to stand up for itself over the cost of a new sports stadium.’
    • ‘If being in a snit got me rewarded like this, I'd have to be in a snit for him more often.’
    • ‘The result of that was a snit by me for a week, and a response by the managing editor to the head office that he would personally edit my work.’
    • ‘She was in too much of a snit to really pay attention to him.’
    • ‘In your angry little snit, you could've snapped at someone in a bad moment and we would've lost money!’
    • ‘You can't just pull it off the shelves in a snit.’
    • ‘You could forgive him for a snit here, a tantrum there, an errant expletive in front of an impressionable young fan once in a blue moon.’
    • ‘Zack wouldn't hear of waiting until tomorrow to decorate it, so in the interest of preventing a major snit, I acquiesced and dug out the stand and decorations.’
    • ‘Her snit fit was quite impressive to watch.’
    • ‘The snit is getting increasingly personal, too, with the French and German officials clashing with their American counterparts.’
    fit of rage, rage, fury, fit of bad temper, fit of ill temper, bad temper, tantrum, passion, paroxysm
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1930s: of unknown origin.