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1Irritable and inclined to speak sharply; snappish.‘anything unusual made her snappy and nervous’
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, cholericView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 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.’
2Cleverly concise; neat.‘snappy catchphrases’
concise, succinct, memorable, catchy, neat, clever, crisp, pithy, witty, incisive, brief, short, short and sweet, sharp, terse, curt, laconic, aphoristic, epigrammaticView synonyms
- ‘For the most part though, Gilman covers all her bases, writing in snappy, clever prose that keeps the pages turning.’
- ‘It should have clear headings, concise paragraphs and snappy sentences.’
- ‘Dialogue is snappy and modern and peppered with expletives.’
- ‘And the dialogue (almost all of it right off the page) is peppermint-stick snappy.’
- ‘The one-liners are snappy, the situations volatile and the comic opportunities richly rewarded.’
- 2.1 Neat and elegant.‘a snappy dresser’
smart, well dressed, well turned out, besuited, fashionably dressed, fashionable, stylish, chic, modish, elegant, neat, spruce, trim, dapper, debonairView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
make it snappy
informal Be quick about it.‘into bed and make it snappy!’
hurry, hurry up, hurry it up, be quick, be quick about it, get a move on, come along, look lively, speed up, move fasterView synonyms
- ‘And make it snappy so the rest of us can go ‘Aww’ and be done with it.’’
- ‘But we're closing in fifteen minutes, so make it snappy.’
- ‘She looked down at her watch, ‘But make it snappy, okay?’’
- ‘Good now make me some of your famous Hot cocoa and make it snappy i gotta go soon’
- ‘Well, make it snappy, because I'm not standing around here all night.’
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