Definition of nippy in US English:

nippy

adjective

informal
  • 1(of the weather) rather cold; chilly.

    ‘it's a bit nippy this morning’
    • ‘At the poolside barbeque you can catch the lingering aroma of chargrilled kebabs in the nippy winter air.’
    • ‘My date's chauffeur had to wait for hours on an uncharacteristically nippy September night while we discussed the twin towers disaster.’
    • ‘The air was a bit nippy, but not cold enough to bite at her skin.’
    • ‘Where the morning had been cold and nippy, the sun had turned the air hot and arid from high in the sky where it beat down on the earth relentlessly.’
    • ‘Those little jewel cases come in mighty handy on nippy mornings.’
    • ‘The air was nippy but not overly cold, but she had decided to stay in her car and wait for him.’
    • ‘I changed back into my normal clothes, and followed him outside into the nippy, early morning air.’
    • ‘Instead, a brisk outing in the briny climate of Leith was called for with a nippy wind whipping up the Forth.’
    • ‘With chilly winds caressing the cheeks and pullovers being pulled out of the closet to protect oneself from the nippy winds, December has a magic and charm all its own.’
    • ‘The girl was outside at the time, watching it go down and feeling the air grow colder, nippy at first but soon so cold that it numbed the girl's fingers.’
    • ‘However, beware of painting outdoors when the weather turns nippy.’
    • ‘That may sound a bit nippy, but any negative temperature is relative.’
    • ‘Have a stash of soft drinks chilled and, if the weather's nippy, a mulled cider simmering in a slow-cooker.’
    • ‘On summer nights it's great to sit outside and if it gets a bit nippy they light the gas heaters.’
    • ‘Perhaps the treasurer was unhappy at having to stand for the interview, or perhaps the night was a bit nippy and he had to shuffle around a bit.’
    • ‘Truth is, when the weather is nippy and you need something warm and comforting, nothing beats meatloaf for taste.’
    • ‘Feeling the swift, nippy morning winds from inland against my scaly hide, I shivered and took a brief glance at the icicles which had formed on the roofs before turning my head back.’
    • ‘Since Friday weather in many parts of the Nilgiris has become nippy on account of the South-West monsoon.’
    • ‘The water was extremely nippy and when we got out the air seemed even colder.’
    • ‘The wind is nippy but not unpleasant, but it's still cold for September.’
    • ‘Still, the weather's turning nippy; the nights of sitting outside at lake houses and on porches have ended.’
    cold, chilly, icy, bitter, raw
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  • 2Inclined to nip or bite.

    ‘macaws can be nippy and unpredictable’
    • ‘You can easily train a puppy not to nip (and you really should do so quickly, nippy dogs are not good), but you can't do it if you don't have time to hang out with the pup.’
  • 3British Quick; nimble.

    • ‘His third arrived when nippy corner forward Andy Devine went down under a tackle in front of the goal.’
    • ‘The nippy corner-forward, scorer of his side's first point after 17 seconds, slammed the ball convincingly past St Mary's net-minder Nicky Walsh.’
    • ‘In the replay the nippy corner forward was once again a vital cog in the Deise machine as they booked their place in their second successive Munster hurling decider against Cork.’
    • ‘The nippy, adept forward's haul of six points, which included two superb second-half efforts, played a substantial part in the north Roscommon club's four-points victory.’
    • ‘The nippy corner forward was involved in several movements that led to scores.’
    • ‘After Barry Meehan crossed from the left the nippy striker fired past O'Hare - though the shot did take a deflection.’
    • ‘At right full forward was the nippy Jimmy Doyle, a great man to take a score while full forward went to George Darcy, Conway Park, a great servant to the club as player and administrator.’
    • ‘Mayo got off to a poor start as in the opening minute of the game when Armagh corner forward John Garvan had the ball in the Mayo net as the Mayo full-back line were caught ball watching and allowed the nippy Armagh man in for a sweet finish.’
    • ‘Darryl Callaghan found David Cantley and the nippy centre stepped off his right foot, found a gap, and burst into open space.’
    • ‘As early as the first minute, Donnie Brennan had the ball in the CBS net after Willie Murphy set up the nippy centre half forward for the score.’
    • ‘What they have now is maybe what they did not have traditionally they have very nippy forwards.’
    • ‘They did manage to lead 0-4 to 0-3 at the break with nippy wing forward Patrick Hickey getting a brace.’
    • ‘The nippy corner forward enjoyed the proverbial field day, his goal and five points from play being the icing on the cake.’
    • ‘Then nippy forward Julianne O'Connell struck with a great goal which clinched victory for her team and a place in the final.’
    • ‘The only goal came in the 75th minute when Seamus Gray released Joey Nolan and the nippy winger went through to score in style.’
    • ‘Two quick fire points from nippy wing forward Michael Browne Jnr tied the sides in the first five minutes of the second period.’
    • ‘The Meath attack always carried a threat to the home defence, the visitors mixing big, strong, mobile forwards with smaller, nippy score-takers.’
    • ‘But the attack will miss the goal poaching capabilities of nippy corner-forward Billy Sheehan.’
    • ‘Clarecastle got the start they needed when nippy corner forward, Derek Quinn, pointed after just twenty seconds.’
    • ‘The nippy Australian was at the heart of Motherwell's best moves.’
    agile, lithe, sprightly, acrobatic, light-footed, nimble-footed, light, light on one's feet, fleet-footed, spry, lively, active, graceful, supple, limber, lissom, flexible, skilful, deft, dexterous, adroit
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Pronunciation

nippy

/ˈnɪpi//ˈnipē/