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snap +‎ -y


  • IPA(key): /ˈsnæpi/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -æpi


snappy (comparative snappier, superlative snappiest)

  1. (informal) Rapid and without delay.
    a snappy response
    Make it snappy!
    (=hurry up)
  2. (informal) Irritable.
    You're snappy this morning; did you not sleep well?
  3. (informal) Tidy; well-dressed; sharp.
    Here he is, looking snappy in his brand-new suit.
    • 1933, Stella Blum, Everyday Fashion of the Thirties as pictured in Sears Catalogs, published 1986, page 56:
      The niftiest, snappiest slacks you ever saw!
  4. Chilly, brisk, sharp.
    snappy weather;   snappy pace;   snappy rejoinder
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter VIII, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., →OCLC:
      The day was cool and snappy for August, and the Rise all green with a lavish nature. Now we plunged into a deep shade with the boughs lacing each other overhead, and crossed dainty, rustic bridges over the cold trout-streams, the boards giving back the clatter of our horses' feet: [] .
  5. Tending to snap or bite
    a snappy dog
  6. Clever, catchy.
    a snappy motto


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