nip·​py ˈni-pē How to pronounce nippy (audio)
nippier; nippiest
: marked by a tendency to nip
a nippy dog
: brisk, quick, or nimble in movement : snappy
a nippy boat
nippy tennis players
: pungent, sharp
A mixed salad and a nippy potato salad.Caryl Stern
: chilly
a nippy day
nippy breeze
nippily adverb
nippiness 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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Word History

First Known Use

1575, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of nippy was in 1575

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“Nippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


nip·​py ˈnip-ē How to pronounce nippy (audio)
nippier; nippiest
: quick in movement : nimble, brisk
: having a biting flavor

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