1. (orig. US, also snit-fit) an outbreak of temper, generally a children’s term; thus snitty adj.
|Kiss Boys Good-bye 105: ‘I declare, Mrs. Rand, I cried myself into a snit.’ ‘A snit?’ ‘I do deplore it, but when I’m in a snit I’m prone to bull the object of my wrath plumb in the tummy.’ [OED].|
|San Bernardo Co. Sun (CA) 1 June 20/4: Narure threw herself into a terrifying snit. That was the San Francisco earthquake of 1906.|
|Current Sl. I:2 5/2: Snit, n. A dither.|
|Erections, Ejaculations etc. 424: When they got back the Walter Lowenfel poetess was in a snit, sniffling, cussing.|
|Scruples 105: Their snit-fits and ailments.|
|Batman No. 321 17: My we are in a snit, aren’t we?|
|Campus Sl. Oct. 9: snitty – hard to get along with, bitchy.|
|Florida Roadkill 159: Sharon was still in a snit.|
|Plainclothes Naked (2002) 188: It’s not like I can throw a snit and say ‘Take me home!’.|
|Chicago trib. 27 June 2/1: The face manager had just quit. No warning [...] What I call the quit snit.|
2. an aloof individual.
|Affairs of Gidget 39: ‘Who is it?’ [...] ‘Some snit’ (short for stuck-up guy).|
|Doom Pussy 86: She’s an aloof little snit.|
ill temper, verbal unpleasantness.
|Random Family 204: Had she been able to move out quickly, she might have escaped the usual snittiness.|