snip·​py ˈsni-pē How to pronounce snippy (audio)
snippier; snippiest
: unduly brief or curt
: putting on airs : sniffy
snippily 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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Word History


snip entry 2

First Known Use

circa 1848, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of snippy was circa 1848

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“Snippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


snip·​py ˈsnip-ē How to pronounce snippy (audio)
snippier; snippiest
: rudely brief : curt
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