snap·py | \ˈsna-pē \
snappier; snappiest

Definition of snappy 

2a : quickly made or done a snappy decision

b : marked by vigor or liveliness snappy dialogue

c : briskly cold

d : stylish, smart a snappy dresser

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Other Words from snappy

snappily \ˈsna-pə-lē \ adverb
snappiness \ˈsna-pē-nəs \ noun

Examples of snappy in a Sentence

a car with a snappy engine The show is well-acted, and the dialogue is snappy.

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The natural cases got snappy on the pit, and the coarse grind carried satisfying spice. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: The Smokehouse," 23 Mar. 2018 The snappy dialogue makes this an effortless page-turner, almost a movie treatment more than a novel. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Depraved and Beautiful Dream of the World," 12 July 2018 But there's enough of a difference for anyone looking for another heavy-and-snappy option. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate hands-on: We put new fighters, new features to the test," 14 June 2018 The departed is fleshed out with a cast of stars given snappy if vulgar dialogue. Lincoln Michel, GQ, "Martin Scorsese's Best Gangster Movie Is on Netflix," 2 June 2018 Each October, the Athenaeum pits dachshund against dachshund in a snappy sprint for the canine crown (a.k.a. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Ultimate Indiana bucket list: 50+ things to do in Indianapolis and around the state," 11 July 2018 Quartz waterfall counters, an ILVE Italian cooktop, Bosch appliances and a window seat complete the snappy look. R. Daniel Foster,, "Before and After: A reimagined Midcentury design helps turn a home from frumpy to fabulous," 6 July 2018 But their snappy natural-casing franks topped with onions, mustard and chili-like Coney sauce are a decidedly Midwestern creation. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "10 iconic American foods for Fourth of July and the best places to get them in Phoenix," 3 July 2018 Bassist Benny Trokan underlines the tunefulness with nimble lines that lope and chug, girding every song with a snappy precision and providing ballast for the strings that gild some of the tracks. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Montreal pop auteur Michael Rault summons the spirit of 70 AM pop radio on It’s a New Day Tonight," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of snappy

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Phrases Related to snappy

look snappy

make it snappy

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English Language Learners Definition of snappy

: exciting or lively

: moving or able to move quickly

: fashionable or stylish


snap·py | \ˈsna-pē \
snappier; snappiest

Kids Definition of snappy

1 : full of life : lively snappy colors

2 : briskly cold : chilly

3 : quick entry 1 sense 1 Come here, and make it snappy.

4 : stylish, smart a snappy dresser

5 : clever and funny a snappy remark

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a state of commotion or excitement

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