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 nippily (audio) \ adverb
nippiness \ ˈni-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce nippiness (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

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The Frenchman had already shown his enormous potential, transitioning from a nippy left-winger into one of the Premier League's most feared frontmen., "Arsene Wenger: A Pioneering Visionary Who Became Invincible at Arsenal," 8 July 2019 The weather was mixed, sometimes nippy and gray, but nobody seemed to mind. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Forget the Bahamas. China's Cruises Are Where It's At," 10 June 2019 Anyone who knows about Cape Town beaches will tell you that the Atlantic waters in this part of the world are nippy at best, yet somehow, the coves and lagoons of this park feel at least a few degrees warmer than their counterparts to the south. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips From Cape Town," 14 Sep. 2018 But Ivan Gazidis found that his feet were a bit nippy and changed his mind, instead leaning to the more experienced Spaniard, who's actually won some Europa League titles with Sevilla., "Wait, What? Twitter Gets Really Confused as Monday May 21 Sees a Night of Big Change at Arsenal," 21 May 2018 When April comes, its puffs of steam hang briefly in the moist, nippy air, surrounded by as much blue as a ship on a sea. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Will There Always Be an England?," 27 Apr. 2018 Reports from the palace say Britain's Queen Elizabeth II is absolutely gutted by the loss of her beloved corgi Willow, the last in a royal line of loyal, nippy dogs who have kept the monarch company during her entire reign. William Booth, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 18 Apr. 2018 After scoring a career-high 15 points in a 94-88 loss at Atlanta on Sunday night, Jonathan Isaac spent a good 10 minutes in a cold plunge icing down his left ankle in nippy 48-degree water. George Diaz,, "Jonathan Isaac making most of minutes in injury-riddled season," 2 Apr. 2018 Temperatures could get a bit nippy once again, around 30 degrees downtown, with 20s likely outside of the Beltway. Ian Livingston, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Dangerous winds roar today and tonight; showers end with snowflakes," 2 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of nippy

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nippy was in 1575

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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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