nip·​py | \ ˈni-pē How to pronounce nippy (audio) \
nippier; nippiest

Definition of nippy

1 : marked by a tendency to nip a nippy dog
2 : brisk, quick, or nimble in movement : snappy a nippy boat nippy tennis players
3 : pungent, sharp A mixed salad and a nippy potato salad.— Caryl Stern
4 : chilly a nippy day nippy breeze

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Other Words from nippy

nippily \ ˈni-​pə-​lē How to pronounce nippy (audio) \ adverb
nippiness \ ˈni-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce nippy (audio) \ noun

Examples of nippy in a Sentence

bring a jacket, as it's a little nippy outside blue cheese is a little too nippy for my taste
Recent Examples on the Web Breezes from the southwest are a bit nippy at times, sustained around 10 mph with some gusts over 20 mph. Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: A brief wintry mix today before a February thaw," 22 Feb. 2021 Today will be nippy with a wind chill dipping into single digits at times. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "A Colder Week, But January Still Trending Milder Overall," 18 Jan. 2021 These cute booties offer enough coverage to keep your ankles protected from nippy winds. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, "Cyber Monday 2020: The best Ugg and boot deals right now," 30 Nov. 2020 On a nippy November night in 2015, Stevenson junior Eric Zalewski and a few close friends shuffled into Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston to watch the Northwestern men’s basketball team play UMass Lowell. Sam Brief,, "Stevenson graduate Eric Zalewski committed to ‘exhausting’ work as a manager for the Northwestern men’s basketball team. But he craved a roster spot.," 20 Nov. 2020 Aside from being beyond adorable, this cozy head covering will keep their ears warm on nippy nighttime walks. Christina Vercelletto, CNN Underscored, "41 gifts for pets and the people who love them," 20 Nov. 2020 The mornings were crisp, the days chilly and the evenings nippy. Karina Bland, The Arizona Republic, "The calendar says it's fall, but do you really want that pumpkin spice latte hot?," 22 Oct. 2020 Sitting around the fire is surprisingly relaxing and rejuvenating, plus gives off enough heat to make a nippy night much more comfortable. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "8 Smart Ways To Prep For More Indoor Time at Home," 25 Sep. 2020 These are good ways to warm up as the weather gets nippy. Janet Kusterer,, "Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant reopens in Ellicott City | Mostly Main," 24 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of nippy

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nippy

: somewhat cold
British : able to move quickly


nip·​py | \ ˈni-pē How to pronounce nippy (audio) \
nippier; nippiest

Kids Definition of nippy

: chilly a nippy day

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