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snappy

[snap-ee]
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adjective, snap·pi·er, snap·pi·est.
  1. apt to snap or bite; snappish, as a dog.
  2. impatient or irritable, as a person or a reply.
  3. snapping or crackling in sound, as a fire.
  4. quick or sudden in action or performance.
  5. Informal. crisp, smart, lively, brisk, etc.: Only snappy people get ahead in this world.
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Idioms
  1. make it snappy, Slang. to speed up; hurry.
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Origin of snappy

First recorded in 1740–50; snap + -y1
Related formssnap·pi·ly, adverbsnap·pi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for snappy

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  • "There, chicken—the heat always turns me snappy," she repented instantly.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • She had a snappy temper and a sharp tongue and was, indeed, something of a tomboy.

    Pee-wee Harris

    Percy Keese Fitzhugh

  • I'd do the snappy paragraphs, and you would do the fiction and poetry.

  • The American train was in charge of two snappy doughboys, a corporal and a private.

    Herbert Hoover

    Vernon Kellogg

  • I threw them as snappy a salute as I could muster and they filed out.

    The Misplaced Battleship

    Harry Harrison (AKA Henry Maxwell Dempsey)


British Dictionary definitions for snappy

snappy

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. Also: snappish apt to speak sharply or irritably
  2. Also: snappish apt to snap or bite
  3. crackling in sounda snappy fire
  4. brisk, sharp, or chillya snappy pace; snappy weather
  5. smart and fashionablea snappy dresser
  6. make it snappy slang be quick! hurry up!
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Derived Formssnappily, adverbsnappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snappy

adj.

"quick, energetic," 1825, from snap (v.) + -y (2). Meaning "clever, smart" is from 1871; that of "neat and stylishly elegant" is from 1881. Related: Snappily; snappiness. Command make it snappy attested from 1910.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with snappy

snappy

see under make haste.

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