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
Recent Examples on the Web On a nippy Saturday morning, dozens of people line up outside an English-language school in San Francisco’s Embarcadero Center. Sinduja Rangarajan, Quartz India, "In Trump’s America, the H-1B dream has turned into a bureaucratic nightmare for skilled Indians," 3 Dec. 2019 Don’t expect to spend too much time swimming though, in your private pool or the shared larger pool by the main lodge, as the water is kept at a nippy temperature to slow evaporation in the strong sun. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "AndBeyond Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Review: First In," 19 Nov. 2019 On a nippy November night that felt more like December, the Dia Art Foundation invited gallerists, artists, and fashionable art patrons to their annual Fall Night. Vogue, "Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen Hosted the 2019 Dia Art Foundation’s Fall Night," 18 Nov. 2019 In Livermore and Concord, the nights will be warmer but still nippy with lows of 39. Michael Cabanatuan,, "Halloween forecast: Smoke concerns overblown, nippy weather coming for trick-or-treaters," 31 Oct. 2019 What's best about the Perseids is they can be enjoyed during summer's warmth, unlike the often nippy nights during the Leonids of November or Geminids of December. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Catch a shooting star: The summer's best meteor shower – the Perseids – peak tonight," 12 Aug. 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

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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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14 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Nippy.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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