snap·​pish ˈsna-pish How to pronounce snappish (audio)
: given to curt irritable speech
: arising from annoyance or irascibility
a snappish remark
: inclined to bite
a snappish dog
snappishly adverb
snappishness noun

Example Sentences

The shoppers were snappish and rude. I always start feeling snappish whenever I get really hungry.
Recent Examples on the Web But Poker Face in general has a snappish rhythm, a retro luster, a good eye for the lonely grandeur of American nowhere towns. A.a. Dowd, Chron, 25 Jan. 2023 Here the journalist is Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian), a snappish, once prominent reporter whom Louis encountered half a century ago in San Francisco. Inkoo Kang, The New Yorker, 31 Oct. 2022 Which means that Amandine is callous and unkind and Jamie is snappish and blunt to a fault. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 10 Nov. 2022 His snappish behavior over leaky pens and other annoyances caught on camera in the days after his mother’s death proved to be uglier than anything on display here. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 9 Nov. 2022 Safe spaces are what all campaigns desire since, in an age when everyone is a videographer, an off-key joke or a snappish response to a voter can be plastered all over Twitter and YouTube within three minutes. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, 1 Nov. 2022 DeGeneres has always straddled the line between light and dark, between antic fun and snappish charisma. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 May 2022 If that moment was melancholy, the hearing itself was at times snappish. Robert Barnes, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Apr. 2022 Her sister, Brigid, played by a genially snappish, quick-witted Feldstein, may be healthier and happier in love, but her discontent — financial woes, artistic aspirations that are going nowhere — remains an unignorable thorn in her side. Los Angeles Times, 24 Nov. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of snappish was in 1542

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“Snappish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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snap·​pish ˈsnap-ish How to pronounce snappish (audio)
: marked by snapping irritable speech : irascible
a snappish disposition
: apt to bite
a snappish dog
snappishly adverb
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