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snatchy

[snach-ee]
adjective, snatch·i·er, snatch·i·est.
  1. consisting of, occurring in, or characterized by snatches; spasmodic; irregular.
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Origin of snatchy

First recorded in 1860–65; snatch + -y1
Related formssnatch·i·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for snatchy

Historical Examples

  • Some pity mingled with his vexation at Mr. Travers' snatchy wakefulness.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • He handed his box of vesuvians, and it was taken in a snatchy way.

    The Parson O' Dumford

    George Manville Fenn

  • His eye beamed an unnatural light—his breathing was quick and snatchy, as if every inspiration and expiration pained the lungs.

  • By not a single quaver was the cheeriness of his snatchy, racy, merry voice affected.


British Dictionary definitions for snatchy

snatchy

adjective snatchier or snatchiest
  1. disconnected or spasmodic
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Derived Formssnatchily, adverb
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