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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Moving the cursor across the screen appears smoother, and Windows 10 animations appear just a little more snappy and polished. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "MSI Oculux NXG251 monitor review: faster isn’t always better," 29 Nov. 2018 The snappy, memorable term is also pervasive in commercial names, such as the Mojo brand of kombucha tea recently acquired by Coca-Cola , the cryptocurrency MojoCoin, and the movie earnings tracker Box Office Mojo. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "How ‘Mojo’ Got Its Magic Working," 4 Oct. 2018 Visually, it's considered and clever, from the sweeping neighborhood shots to the moody but cool music choices (The Pains of Being Pure at Heart!) to the snappy cuts from scene to scene. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "7 Things to Love About 'To All The Boys I've Loved Before'," 17 Aug. 2018 The script, a group effort by Chris McKenna, Erik Sommers, Paul Rudd, Andrew Barrer, and Gabriel Ferrari, is snappy, and the jokes keep coming, making Ant-Man and the Wasp a healing balm after the dark ending of May's Avengers: Infinity War., "Ant-Man And The Wasp," 27 June 2018 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

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First Known Use of snappy

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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