snit·​ty ˈsni-tē How to pronounce snitty (audio)
snittier; snittiest
: disagreeably ill-tempered

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Snitty Has a Mysterious History

Those of Germanic descent might know the word snit as a noun meaning "an apple slice," but this doesn't help etymologists much. In fact, it just gets them into a "snit" (a "state of agitation"). No matter how they slice and dice the word snitty, they can't get to its core. All we know is that "snit" was being used as early as 1939 and "snitty" appeared some 40 years later, and that both words are mainly used in the United States.

Examples of snitty in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of Chicago’s very best specimens, at Superdawg Drive-In, swaps out the holy-writ fresh tomatoes for pickled green ones, to such terrific effect that none of the snitty purists really seem to care. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 3 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1978, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snitty was in 1978


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Cite this Entry

“Snitty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

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