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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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
Recent Examples on the Web 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 If nothing else, all this serves as a tasty reminder that many Mardi Gras traditions were ancient by the time certain people started getting snippy about whether Mobile or New Orleans did it first. al, "Kicking off King Cake season with a European twist," 7 Jan. 2020 When Robert and Mary inform him that Mr. Carson will be taking over for the duration of the royal visit, Barrow is appropriately snippy and storms off. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "A power ranking of all 32 ‘Downton Abbey’ movie characters," 23 Sep. 2019 That’s because despite the threadbare script and snippy performances, Harper’s film is quite a visual feat, shot with large-format cameras and intended for presentation on IMAX screens. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Aeronauts Falls Flat," 7 Dec. 2019 There is no need to be snippy to your baby’s close relatives. Judith Martin, The Mercury News, "Miss Manners: Our new neighbors sent an email warning about their party," 5 Aug. 2019 There is no need to be snippy to your baby’s close relatives. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Pregnancy questions get worse than ‘How are you?’," 5 Aug. 2019 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

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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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4 May 2020

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“Snippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of snippy

US, informal : feeling or showing irritation

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