Definition of snippy in English:



North American
  • Curt or sharp, especially in a condescending way.

    ‘a snippy note from our landlord’
    • ‘I have seen people come back for seconds before some people have had firsts, and when you point this out to them they get snippy about it.’
    • ‘My response is that it seems that Paige is being snippy.’
    • ‘I hope you are aware that the entire class can hear your snippy comments.’
    • ‘And of course they're being pretty snippy with each other from time to time.’
    • ‘This little green-eyed troublemaker is sneaking up all over my relationship, through narrowed eyes, snippy retorts, and generally malicious thoughts.’
    • ‘Some people need to read some history before they get snippy.’
    • ‘Mother, I have never heard that person be snippy to you or to anyone else.’
    • ‘He got snippy if too many people started hanging around.’
    • ‘The gardener got quite snippy and started lecturing me about the law and asserting that she had a legal right to cut back the trees in her yard.’
    • ‘He was snippy, feisty and reminded me of an argumentative drunk who challenges the whole bar to a fist fight.’
    • ‘I apologize for being unnecessarily snippy and for overlooking, misunderstanding or inadvertently mischaracterizing the arguments of opponents.’
    • ‘I didn't want to engage with him, but I was just too weak to extricate myself from the conversation, and, accordingly, got a little snippy.’
    • ‘They just giggle and are snippy and mean and sort of dumb.’
    • ‘I've gone over the text many times, and I don't see how someone could think that I'd replied with only a single, snippy, off-topic paragraph.’
    • ‘I've seen you for the past three days, and you've never gotten snippy like that before.’
    • ‘‘I can take care of myself,’ said Melena in a snippy voice.’
    • ‘Because if you are not received nicely, and they are sort of snippy to you, you are not going to enjoy your food, are you?’
    • ‘‘Free country,’ Jesse answered, his voice more than a little snippy.’
    • ‘That aside… man, I was pretty snippy today, wasn't I?’
    • ‘Sure, first you get snippy with me for telling you and now you yell at me for not telling you sooner.’
    terse, brusque, abrupt, clipped, blunt, short, monosyllabic, summary, snappy, snappish, sharp, crisp, tart
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