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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
- ‘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 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.’
- ‘He'd read twice through every book in the house, and he'd become irritable and snappy.’
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
- ‘It should have clear headings, concise paragraphs and snappy sentences.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For the most part though, Gilman covers all her bases, writing in snappy, clever prose that keeps the pages turning.’
- ‘Dialogue is snappy and modern and peppered with expletives.’
- 2.1Neat and elegant.‘a snappy dresser’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Quick-thinking interplay and a snappy first-time shot from Nick Davies off his back foot halved the gap.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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