- 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
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Examples from the Web for snippy
Saving Mr. Banks is more than a movie about a snippy curmudgeon who excels at amusing put downs.‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Is This Oscar Season’s Breath of Fresh Air
December 12, 2013
Look at the snippy press release HP put out in reaction to the deal for its rival.Dell’s Unlikely Suitor: Behind Microsoft’s $2 Billion Buy In
February 5, 2013
"She was sort of snippy about it," Alice returned, ascending the stairs.Alice Adams
She was snippy to me two or three times and I won't stand that.Working With the Working Woman
Cornelia Stratton Parker
I—I don't wish to be snippy, you know, but you should not forget that he is your father.Mary Louise Solves a Mystery
L. Frank Baum
It was that snippy little Marjorie Lowry with the baby face, wasn't it?Shorty McCabe on the Job
"One of the snippy kind, back-talkin' an' peevish," said Miranda.Rimrock Trail
J. Allan Dunn
- scrappy; fragmentary
- informal fault-finding
- dialect mean; stingy
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Word Origin and History for snippy
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