Definition of snappish in English:



  • 1(of a dog) irritable and inclined to bite.

    bad-tempered, irascible, irritable, grumpy, grouchy, crotchety, tetchy, testy, crusty, curmudgeonly, ill-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, peevish, cross, as cross as two sticks, fractious, disagreeable, pettish, crabbed, crabby, waspish, prickly, peppery, touchy, scratchy, splenetic, shrewish, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, dyspeptic, choleric, bilious, liverish, cross-grained
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    1. 1.1 Irritable and curt.
      ‘she was often snappish with the children’
      • ‘I'd noticed that in a few short hours that his curt and snappish side was back.’
      • ‘I was snappish and rude to either of my parents if they spoke to me and I dragged my feet, glaring down at the linoleum floor beneath my scorched sneakers, which had somehow managed to be salvaged.’
      • ‘She'd been rude and snappish, but Seth had a couple of times glimpsed a softer side, he'd thought.’
      • ‘‘Shorten my name,’ I clarified in a curt, snappish tone.’
      • ‘The excess energy from quitting smoking has apparently slipped away and I'm in that dangerous stage in the battle where I'm crabby and snappish.’
      terse, brusque, abrupt, clipped, blunt, short, monosyllabic, summary, snappy, sharp, crisp, tart
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