snappy

adjective

snap·​py ˈsna-pē How to pronounce snappy (audio)
snappier; snappiest
1
2
a
: quickly made or done
a snappy decision
b
: marked by vigor or liveliness
snappy dialogue
c
: briskly cold
d
: stylish, smart
a snappy dresser
snappily adverb
snappiness noun

Example Sentences

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

First Known Use

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of snappy was in 1746

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Cite this Entry

“Snappy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snappy. Accessed 1 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

snappy

adjective

snap·​py ˈsnap-ē How to pronounce snappy (audio)
snappier; snappiest
1
2
a
: quickly made or done
b
: full of life : lively
c
: briskly cold
d
: stylish, smart
a snappy dresser
snappily adverb

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