adjective, snip·pi·er, snip·pi·est.

sharp or curt, especially in a supercilious or haughty way; impertinent.
scrappy or fragmentary.

Also snip·pe·ty [snip-i-tee] /ˈsnɪp ɪ ti/.

Origin of snippy

First recorded in 1720–30; snip + -y1
Related formssnip·pi·ly, adverbsnip·pi·ness, snip·pet·i·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for snippety


adjective -pier or -piest

scrappy; fragmentary
informal fault-finding
dialect mean; stingy
Derived Formssnippily, adverbsnippiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snippety



1727, "parsimonious;" 1848, "fault-finding, sharp;" 1886, "fragmentary;" from snip (n.) + -y (2). Related: Snippily; snippiness.

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