snip·​py | \ ˈsni-pē How to pronounce snippy (audio) \
snippier; snippiest

Definition of snippy

2 : unduly brief or curt
3 : putting on airs : sniffy

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Other Words from snippy

snippily \ ˈsni-​pə-​lē How to pronounce snippily (audio) \ adverb

Examples of snippy in a Sentence

I'm sorry. I didn't mean to get snippy with you. snippy remarks about the quality of the food at the church picnic

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Cate Blanchett is appealingly brisk and no-nonsense as Mrs. Zimmerman, and her bantering, snippy, utterly platonic relationship with Jonathan Barnavelt is a rare thing in cinema, in kids’ films and adult movies alike. Tasha Robinson, The Verge, "Films like The House With a Clock In Its Walls are poisonous to kids’ cinema," 23 Sep. 2018 Bryan Banville in particular seems to be everywhere in roles from snippy narrator to extra-sensitive prince to taunting French knight. James Hebert,, "'Spamalot' induces more than canned laughter in Cygnet revival," 2 July 2018 Why wasn’t that snippy Mi Kyong being asked to stay after all her goof-ups? Chicago Tribune,, "Algren Award runner-up: "Most Best Happy Korean Bright Star" by Michelle Massie," 2 June 2018 Yes, there are moments that offend, but Batt finds a precise balance between being snappy without becoming snippy. Theodore P. Mahne,, "Bryan Batt's divine performance key to comedy of 'Act of God' at Le Petit," 14 May 2018 Gonzalez, 18, set off somewhat of a cold war between U.S. Soccer Federation, already snippy after missing out on the World Cup, and the Mexican federation. John Henry, star-telegram, "Nearly 80,000 watch Croatia edge Mexico in World Cup tuneup at AT&T Stadium | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 27 Mar. 2018 The pygmy marmosets are deeply adorable, and the snippy gharials would make excellent Muppets. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, "How Much Watching Time Do You Have This Weekend?," 8 Mar. 2018 On Thursday, fans of the wryly snippy Wendy’s Twitter account clamored to be mocked by the hamburger chain’s social media team as part of the company’s National Roast Day. Inkoo Kang, Slate Magazine, "@Wendys Is Negging You," 5 Jan. 2018 In 2013 there was an uproar when a less abridged version of her diary came out, including a few snippy comments about others and frank talk about her body and budding sexuality. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "From holograms to Justin Bieber, Anne Frank’s stepsister is using any means to keep the Holocaust’s lessons alive," 8 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of snippy

circa 1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for snippy

snip entry 2

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The first known use of snippy was circa 1848

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English Language Learners Definition of snippy

US, informal : feeling or showing irritation

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