nippy

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adjective nip·py \ˈni-pē\

Definition of nippy

nippier

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nippiest

  1. 1 :  marked by a tendency to nip a nippy dog

  2. 2 :  brisk, quick, or nimble in movement :  snappy a nippy boat nippy tennis players

  3. 3 :  pungent, sharp A mixed salad and a nippy potato salad. — Caryl Stern

  4. 4 :  chilly a nippy day nippy breeze

nippily

play \ˈni-pə-lē\ adverb

nippiness

play \ˈni-pē-nəs\ noun

Examples of nippy in a sentence

  1. bring a jacket, as it's a little nippy outside

  2. blue cheese is a little too nippy for my taste

1575

First Known Use of nippy

1575


NIPPY Defined for English Language Learners

nippy

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adjective nip·py \ˈni-pē\

Definition of nippy for English Language Learners

  • : somewhat cold

  • : able to move quickly


NIPPY Defined for Kids

nippy

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adjective nip·py \ˈni-pē\

Definition of nippy for Students

nippier

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nippiest

  1. :  chilly a nippy day



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