Word of the Day : January 19, 2011


adjective SNIT-ee


: disagreeably ill-tempered

Did You Know?

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.


She's nice but her sister is outright snitty.

"I'm sorry, that was a little snitty, wasn't it? I've had a lot of things bottled up inside for a while and that can make things come out weird sometimes." -- From Robert Morrow's 2010 novel Ringing True

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