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snippy Syllabification: snip·py
Pronunciation: /ˈsnipē/

Definition of snippy in English:

adjective (snippier, snippiest)

informal , chiefly North American
Curt or sharp, especially in a condescending way: a snippy note from our landlord
More example sentences
  • This little green-eyed troublemaker is sneaking up all over my relationship, through narrowed eyes, snippy retorts, and generally malicious thoughts.
  • I apologize for being unnecessarily snippy and for overlooking, misunderstanding or inadvertently mischaracterizing the arguments of opponents.
  • Mother, I have never heard that person be snippy to you or to anyone else.



Example sentences
  • It's good, but not great: very disjointed, no coherent argument (as one critic has rather snippily pointed out) and appears to have some glaring omissions if you want to see it as a documentary.
  • When I said I couldn't remember if I'd shopped there before, she huffed, and snippily asked me for my information.
  • ‘You weren't living at home,’ Jen said snippily.


Example sentences
  • If you look past the occasional snippiness of the Post's reporter, it's not a bad portrait of person that most of us will find very sympathetic.
  • The snippiness of his e-mail is worth noting, but I want to comment on its highly misleading content.
  • She is well used to the snippiness of health professionals.

Words that rhyme with snippy

chippy, clippie, dippy, drippy, grippy, hippy, Lippi, lippy, Mississippi, nippy, slippy, tippy, trippy, whippy, Xanthippe, zippy

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