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

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 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 Brown, in her snappish mode, is wonderfully entertaining, and Ireland brings a sparkly, neurotic wit to the weakest material. New York Times, 3 Nov. 2021 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 See More

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First Known Use of snappish

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Snappish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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