- apt to snap or bite, as a dog.
- disposed to speak or reply in an impatient or irritable manner.
- impatiently or irritably sharp; curt: a snappish reply.
Origin of snappish
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Examples from the Web for snappish
You're one of the crew, I suppose, and you needn't be so snappish.The Wizard of the Sea
They are half-wild, snappish, and surly, as it is possible for dogs to be.The Forest Exiles
"He's only a snappish little demon, and you spoil him so," said the other voice.The Marriage of Elinor
He hates it; and when I tried to force him to-day, he was that sharp and snappish I was afraid.Divided Skates
The cutlets of Alphonse were subject to snappish criticism. 'The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete
Word Origin and History for snappish
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