Definition of snappy in English:


adjectivesnappier, snappiest

  • 1Irritable and inclined to speak sharply; snappish.

    ‘anything unusual made her snappy and nervous’
    • ‘He'd read twice through every book in the house, and he'd become irritable and snappy.’
    • ‘I'm suddenly nervous and snappy with Dan, who is driving the support van.’
    • ‘I'm not someone who's endlessly patient and wonderful - in fact I'm quite snappy and irritable - and I don't know if I'd like to make myself worse in that respect.’
    • ‘I won't deal with his being grumpy and snappy about them; they're my friends, and while I don't go overboard with them, they do sleep on the bed if they choose.’
    • ‘Jeffrey was tempted to be snappy, but he knew that anger and irritability only rose from fear, weakness, or fear of weakness, so he held his tongue.’
    irritable, irascible, short-tempered, hot-tempered, quick-tempered, fiery, peevish, cross, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, impatient, grumpy, huffy, brusque, ill-tempered, bad-tempered, ill-natured, ill-humoured, touchy, volatile, testy, tetchy, snarling, waspish, prickly, crusty, peppery, bilious, liverish, dyspeptic, splenetic, choleric
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  • 2Cleverly concise; neat.

    ‘snappy catchphrases’
    • ‘The one-liners are snappy, the situations volatile and the comic opportunities richly rewarded.’
    • ‘And the dialogue (almost all of it right off the page) is peppermint-stick snappy.’
    • ‘Dialogue is snappy and modern and peppered with expletives.’
    • ‘It should have clear headings, concise paragraphs and snappy sentences.’
    • ‘For the most part though, Gilman covers all her bases, writing in snappy, clever prose that keeps the pages turning.’
    concise, succinct, memorable, catchy, neat, clever, crisp, pithy, witty, incisive, brief, short, short and sweet, sharp, terse, curt, laconic, aphoristic, epigrammatic
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    1. 2.1 Neat and elegant.
      ‘a snappy dresser’
      • ‘He was looking snappy in his cool button-up shirt that he didn't button-up all the way, his trendy denims, and his new white shoes.’
      • ‘Quick-thinking interplay and a snappy first-time shot from Nick Davies off his back foot halved the gap.’
      • ‘Armed with this research, the high priestesses of style lay down strict guidelines before embarking on the celebrated shopping trip as the journey from fashion disaster to snappy dresser begins.’
      • ‘Close friends insist that the idea that Elspeth has ‘groomed’ her husband is way off the mark - he was, they point out, already a snappy dresser before he met his wife.’
      • ‘In fact, he's a snappy dresser, with a penchant for Paul Smith suits and shirts, so his slippers would probably be hand-embroidered velvet.’
      smart, well dressed, well turned out, besuited, fashionably dressed, fashionable, stylish, chic, modish, elegant, neat, spruce, trim, dapper, debonair
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  • make it snappy

    • informal Be quick about it.

      ‘into bed and make it snappy!’
      • ‘But we're closing in fifteen minutes, so make it snappy.’
      • ‘She looked down at her watch, ‘But make it snappy, okay?’’
      • ‘Well, make it snappy, because I'm not standing around here all night.’
      • ‘Good now make me some of your famous Hot cocoa and make it snappy i gotta go soon’
      • ‘And make it snappy so the rest of us can go ‘Aww’ and be done with it.’’
      hurry, hurry up, hurry it up, be quick, be quick about it, get a move on, come along, look lively, speed up, move faster
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