[ snap-ee ]
/ ˈsnæp i /

adjective, snap·pi·er, snap·pi·est.

apt to snap or bite; snappish, as a dog.
impatient or irritable, as a person or a reply.
snapping or crackling in sound, as a fire.
quick or sudden in action or performance.
Informal. crisp, smart, lively, brisk, etc.: Only snappy people get ahead in this world.

Nearby words

  1. snapping beetle,
  2. snapping shrimp,
  3. snapping turtle,
  4. snappish,
  5. snappishly,
  6. snapshoot,
  7. snapshooter,
  8. snapshot,
  9. snaptin,
  10. snare


    make it snappy, Slang. to speed up; hurry.

Origin of snappy

First recorded in 1740–50; snap + -y1

Related formssnap·pi·ly, adverbsnap·pi·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for snappy


/ (ˈsnæpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest

Also: snappish apt to speak sharply or irritably
Also: snappish apt to snap or bite
crackling in sounda snappy fire
brisk, sharp, or chillya snappy pace; snappy weather
smart and fashionablea snappy dresser
make it snappy slang be quick! hurry up!
Derived Formssnappily, adverbsnappiness, noun

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Word Origin and History for snappy



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with snappy


see under make haste.

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