Definition of snappy in English:



  • 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 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The one-liners are snappy, the situations volatile and the comic opportunities richly rewarded.’
    • ‘Dialogue is snappy and modern and peppered with expletives.’
    • ‘And the dialogue (almost all of it right off the page) is peppermint-stick snappy.’
    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’
      • ‘Quick-thinking interplay and a snappy first-time shot from Nick Davies off his back foot halved the gap.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      smart, well dressed, well turned out, besuited, fashionably dressed, fashionable, stylish, chic, modish, elegant, neat, spruce, trim, dapper, debonair
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