nippy

[ nip-ee ]
/ ˈnɪp i /

adjective, nip·pi·er, nip·pi·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. nipplewort,
  2. nippon,
  3. nipponese,
  4. nipponism,
  5. nippur,
  6. niqab,
  7. nira,
  8. nirenberg,
  9. nirex,
  10. niridazole

Origin of nippy

First recorded in 1565–75; nip1 + -y1

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British Dictionary definitions for nippy

nippy

/ (ˈnɪpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

(of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
British informal
  1. quick; nimble; active
  2. (of a motor vehicle) small and relatively powerful
(of the taste of food) biting, sharp, or pungent
(of a dog) inclined to bite
Derived Formsnippily, adverbnippiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for nippy

nippy

adj.

1898, in reference to a "biting" chill in the air, from nip (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Nippiness.

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