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 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 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, "The hard lesson Ellen DeGeneres says she learned about leadership," 12 May 2021 Employees said that some people who walked in without masks had made snippy remarks, but that all of them had followed the health protocols after they were reminded. Dallas News, "Texas lets residents unmask, but many are keeping covered as orders meant to slow virus end," 10 Mar. 2021 Biden and his campaign were quick to offer snippy responses about Trump before the election. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Biden gambles he'll win by letting Trump hold limelight during transition," 2 Dec. 2020 As the Trump and Biden campaigns swapped snippy statements publicly renegotiating their next debate, Georgia Republicans simply shrugged their shoulders. Naomi Lim, Washington Examiner, "Georgia voters roll their eyes at Trump-Biden debate flap," 8 Oct. 2020 Jex made a snippy remark to Katie, who was cleaning, then marched into their basement bedroom. The Salt Lake Tribune, "© Copyright 2018 The Salt Lake Tribune. Reporting by Matt Canham. Photos and video by Scott Sommerdorf. Editing by Sheila R. McCann, with assistance from Dan Harrie, David Noyce, Catherine Reese Newton and Nick Parker. Page design by Amy Lewis Davis.," 6 Oct. 2020 If certain listeners get snippy at her channeling the Queen of Pop yet again, Gaga’s absolutely unbothered. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Lady Gaga Is Back and Smaller Than Ever," 1 June 2020 David's hunger for fame is evident in a snippy exchange with T. Rex frontman Marc Bolan (James Cade), portrayed as a preening bore in one of the movie's assortment of bad wigs. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Stardust': Film Review | Tribeca 2020," 16 Apr. 2020 Other than the occasional snippy comment about him. Dan Snierson,, "This Is Us producers break down Randall's 'breaking point,' Kevin's cliffhanger," 22 Jan. 2020

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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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15 May 2021

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“Snippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of snippy

US, informal : feeling or showing irritation

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