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.
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How to use nippy in a sentence
Summer is starting to retreat and the morning air is already nippy.
But nippy would keep on doing it until everything was gone.Speed Read: Juiciest Bits From Cissy Houston’s ‘Remembering Whitney’ | Melissa Leon | January 31, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
The air was getting a little nippy, as Buster called it; so that several of the motorboat boys had donned their sweaters.Motor Boat Boys' River Chase | Louis Arundel
He remembered that he had ridden in one a few days before and that it was what he called "nifty and nippy."Mixed Faces | Roy Norton
Yer'd best look nippy and come into the kitchen and 'ave yer brekfus'.Sue, A Little Heroine | L. T. Meade
Even elderly ladies who looked with abhorrence upon the drinking habit were not denied their wee bit nippy.One Third Off | Irvin S. Cobb
He directed the men to help him onto his feet and soon came back with his old-fashioned nippy gait.Personal Recollections of the War of 1861 | Charles Augustus Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for nippy
(of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
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
- nippily, adverb
- nippiness, noun
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