snap·​py | \ ˈsna-pē How to pronounce snappy (audio) \
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 How to pronounce snappy (audio) \ adverb
snappiness \ ˈsna-​pē-​nəs How to pronounce snappy (audio) \ 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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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 How to pronounce snappy (audio) \
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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