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

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 But for now, when nights get nippy, keep this supersoft alpaca throw on hand. Bon Appétit, 26 Apr. 2022 Sunny skies and nippy winds are enveloping the Pharmalot campus, where the official mascot is itching to stroll through town and the sounds of the street are wafting through our windows. Ed Silverman, STAT, 10 Dec. 2021 Some of Mexico's best waves pound the breezy Baja Peninsula, but waters are quite nippy here in the winter months. Anne Olivia Bauso, Travel + Leisure, 12 Sep. 2021 Roasted nuts and apple crumble manage to sneak in, and nippy bitter finish like tamarind closes things out. Felipe Schrieberg, Forbes, 1 Sep. 2021 Breezes from the southwest are a bit nippy at times, sustained around 10 mph with some gusts over 20 mph. Washington Post, 22 Feb. 2021 Today will be nippy with a wind chill dipping into single digits at times. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 18 Jan. 2021 These cute booties offer enough coverage to keep your ankles protected from nippy winds. Lindsey Vickers, USA TODAY, 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,, 20 Nov. 2020 See More

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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 23 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of nippy

: chilly a nippy day

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Nglish: Translation of nippy for Spanish Speakers


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