- chilly or cold: morning air that feels a bit nippy.
- sharp or biting; tangy: This cheese has a good, nippy taste.
- Chiefly British Informal. nimble; agile.
Origin of nippy
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Examples from the Web for nippy
But Nippy would keep on doing it until everything was gone.Speed Read: Juiciest Bits From Cissy Houston’s ‘Remembering Whitney’
January 31, 2013
The wind was in their faces, such wind as there was, and the air was keen and nippy.Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp
Annie Roe Carr
Would have liked to have warned you the other night, but Bacon was too nippy.To Love
Right in front of him was Nippy, worrying the wriggling tail with her sharp teeth like a little terrier.Wild Folk
They carry the mail over vast, snowy wildernesses, and even sometimes to Dawson, when the air is not too nippy.The Bungalow Boys North of Fifty-Three
Dexter J. Forrester
Efter a while I felt a bit sleepy; 'twere t' nippy air, an' mebbe t' seet o' t' fallin' watter dazed my een.More Tales of the Ridings
- (of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
- British informal
- quick; nimble; active
- (of a motor vehicle) small and relatively powerful
- (of the taste of food) biting, sharp, or pungent
- (of a dog) inclined to bite
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Word Origin and History for nippy
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