sharp or curt, especially in a supercilious or haughty way; impertinent.
scrappy or fragmentary.
- Also snip·pe·ty [snip-i-tee]. /ˈsnɪp ɪ ti/.
- snip·pi·ly, adverb
- snip·pi·ness, snip·pet·i·ness, noun
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How to use snippy in a sentence
Every time I asked about their arrangements so I could request vacation time, she got snippy with me, so I let it go.Carolyn Hax: Would you let your best friend ‘copy’ your wedding? | Carolyn Hax | August 5, 2022 | Washington Post
If you didn’t know better, you might think Greene was a character played by Mink Stole, the Waters lifer who specializes in snippy villains.America's Filth Elder John Waters Isn't Slowing Down | Judy Berman | February 17, 2022 | Time
You will save yourself a lot of mental anguish by not getting snippy with store personnel.How to beat inflation and empty shelves this holiday shopping season | Michelle Singletary | November 19, 2021 | Washington Post
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 | Kevin Fallon | December 12, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Daniel Gross | February 5, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Starr remembered getting snippy with Ortega one time when she left the clothes in the laundry too long.A New York Nanny Allegedly Kills Two Children and Neighbors Struggle to Understand | David Freedlander, Eliza Shapiro | October 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
It was a snippy sort of a look, Betty thought, that this girl directed toward her.Betty Lee, Freshman | David Goodger (email@example.com)
The thing that I resent most is the mean remarks those snippy girls make about her.The Girl Scouts at Camp Comalong | Lillian Garis
Surely that snippy little note, in which you call me—me, a perfect stranger—names!Mavis of Green Hill | Faith Baldwin
"Yes, or when you're put in a snippy little room 'way at the top of the house with nothin' in it," growled Nancy.Pollyanna | Eleanor H. Porter
Putty Doane was taken prisoner by the Germans atOh, see that gang of up-townersarent they snippy and patronizing and silly?Out of the Air | Inez Haynes Irwin
British Dictionary definitions for snippy
dialect mean; stingy
- snippily, adverb
- snippiness, noun
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