snap·​pish | \ ˈsna-pish How to pronounce snappish (audio) \

Definition of snappish

1a : given to curt irritable speech
b : arising from annoyance or irascibility a snappish remark
2 : inclined to bite a snappish dog

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Other Words from snappish

snappishly adverb
snappishness noun

Examples of snappish in a Sentence

The shoppers were snappish and rude. I always start feeling snappish whenever I get really hungry.
Recent Examples on the Web Originally portrayed as gruff and snappish, with his tie forever unknotted and a bottle of whiskey at the ready, his character mellowed over the show's seven-year run to become a fan favorite. Todd Leopold, CNN, 29 Aug. 2021 Onstage, as a comic, Henry is snappish, thickly maned, and jittery with discontent, pacing around like a lion suffering from cage rage. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 The adults make mistakes and get snappish with one another, but their imperfections are small and sweet. Kathryn Vanarendonk, Vulture, 24 May 2021 Her tone is snappish and funny by accident — which is to say, true. Washington Post, 14 Apr. 2021 About half of the time, her tone when responding to him is snappish, sarcastic or dismissive. Meghan Leahy, Washington Post, 20 May 2020 Love radiated from her performance, even as Deirdre nagged her children about going to church and showed her snappish side and a worried side. Matthew J. Palm,, 10 Dec. 2019 Nancy Higley is particularly effective as Tito's shrewish, snappish wife. Tom Titus,, 7 June 2018 The Marines who had volunteered for the body details were overworked and became snappish, ripping packs off of corpses angrily, cutting gear away with bayonets, heaving bodies into the green bags. Esquire, 24 June 2016

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First Known Use of snappish

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of snappish was in 1542

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5 Sep 2021

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“Snappish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snappish

: feeling or showing irritation


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