snippy

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

Definition of snippy

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

Other Words from snippy

snippily \ ˈsni-​pə-​lē How to pronounce snippy (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
Recent Examples on the Web In snippy debates and in silent tension, with smidgens of hope and wheelbarrows of doubt, Americans processed the first hearings before the congressional committee investigating last year’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. Andrea Eger Canfield, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 McIlroy on Tuesday was everything the sullen and snippy Phil Mickelson was not on Monday at the U.S. Open. Christine Brennan, USA TODAY, 14 June 2022 Francis is portrayed as snippy and effete, but his politics are more uncompromising than Bernie Sanders’. Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2021 Neighborly Dear Neighborly: The popular app Nextdoor has developed something of a reputation as a conveyance for snippy, obnoxious, toxic comments (and worse) between neighbors and about neighborhoods. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 15 Aug. 2021 Neighborly Dear Neighborly: The popular app Nextdoor has developed something of a reputation as a conveyance for snippy, obnoxious, toxic comments (and worse) between neighbors and about neighborhoods. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 15 Aug. 2021 Neighborly: The popular app Nextdoor has developed something of a reputation as a conveyance for snippy, obnoxious, toxic comments (and worse) between neighbors and about neighborhoods. Washington Post, 15 Aug. 2021 Sam takes to trawling Facebook groups of like-minded wounded women, whose righteous comments and snippy crosstalk are made to sound realistic, and therefore, on the sober page, absurd. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, 9 Aug. 2021 But anyone who’s ever been crushed by a boss’s snippy retort during a meeting or felt humiliated after their manager lost their temper can attest that what seems like a small moment to a leader can feel like a very big deal to the underlings. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 12 May 2021 See More

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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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Last Updated

20 Jun 2022

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“Snippy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snippy. Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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