Green’s Dictionary of Slang

snatch n.

[Yorks. dial.; ult. SE snatch, to grab]

1. in sexual contexts.

(a) [early 16C+] sexual intercourse, esp. quick or illicit or with a prostitute.

(b) [late 18C+] the vagina [negative image].

(c) [1940s+] a woman.

(d) [1940s+] a collective term for women in general, as viewed as the route to sexual intercourse.

(e) [1940s–50s] (US prison) a male homosexual.

(f) [1940s+] (US gay) the anus.

(g) [1970s] (US campus) a notably ugly woman.

(h) [2000s] AIDS.

2. [late 18C–mid-19C; 1940s–50s] an arrest.

3. [late 19C+] (UK/US Und.) a robbery, a victim ripe for robbing.

4. [1920s+] (orig. US, also snatcheroo) a kidnapping.

5. [1930s] attrib. use of sense 4, pertaining to kidnapping.

6. [2000s] (US black) a fight.

Pertaining to the vagina

In compounds

snatch bandit (n.)

a womanizer.

snatch-blatch (n.) (also snatch-blade) [dial. blatch, dirt]

[late 17C–1910s] the vagina.

snatch-box (n.) [SE box/box n.1 (1a)]

[mid–late 19C] the vagina.

snatch pad (n.)

[1940s] (US black) a house, a home.

snatch-play (n.) [play n. (2)]

[1940s] (US black) sexual activity.

snatch-salami (n.) [ SE salami/salami n.]

[2000s] the penis.

snatch shot (n.)

a close-up photograph of the naked vagina.

In phrases

flash one’s snatch (v.)

[mid-19C+] to reveal one’s genitals.

Pertaining to crime

In compounds

In phrases

do a snatch (v.)

to pickpocket.

on the snatch (UK/US Und.)

1. [1930s] working as a kidnapper.

2. [1970s] working as a street robber.

put the snatch on (v.) [1920s+] (US)

1. to kidnap, to seize, to take over.

2. to arrest.