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nippy

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Pronunciation: /ˈnɪpi
 
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Definition of nippy in English:

adjective (nippier, nippiest)

informal
1British Able to move quickly; nimble: a very nippy scrum half
More example sentences
  • Two quick fire points from nippy wing forward Michael Browne Jnr tied the sides in the first five minutes of the second period.
  • The only goal came in the 75th minute when Seamus Gray released Joey Nolan and the nippy winger went through to score in style.
  • 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.
Synonyms
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
informal twinkle-toed
literary fleet, lightsome
1.1(Of a motor vehicle) able to accelerate quickly: the new Saab is very nippy and jolly safe when overtaking
More example sentences
  • On the road, this proved to be a particularly nippy car about town, pulling off from junctions with a sprightly performance.
  • For a relatively nippy car, the fuel consumption is quite good, but don't try to squeeze any tall adults into the back.
  • Slotted into the Elise it turns the nippy, lightweight roadster into a car capable of delivering supercar levels of excitement.
Synonyms
with good acceleration, fast, quick, brisk, lively
informal zippy
2(Of the weather) chilly: it’s a bit nippy this morning
More example sentences
  • Truth is, when the weather is nippy and you need something warm and comforting, nothing beats meatloaf for taste.
  • However, beware of painting outdoors when the weather turns nippy.
  • Have a stash of soft drinks chilled and, if the weather's nippy, a mulled cider simmering in a slow-cooker.
Synonyms
3Scottish & Canadian (Of food) sharp-tasting; tangy: nippy Red Leicester
More example sentences
  • Adding to the flavour are a range of ingredients which include syrupy jaggery to tangy ginger, thin slivers of nippy lemon to long slices of luscious mango, besides assorted grams and pulses in dozens of tasty forms.
  • The eggs were just poached, the potatoes hollowed out and filled with three different oozing cheeses - a nippy cheddar, a soft goat and salty Roquefort, I'd guess.

noun

(Nippy) (plural Nippies) informal , historical Back to top  
A waitress in any of the restaurants of J. Lyons & Co. Ltd in London from about 1920 to 1950.
Example sentences
  • His waitresses were always impeccably turned out, originally nicknamed Gladys but rechristened Nippies in the 1920s.

Derivatives

nippily

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘Well, it is Christmas,’ I said, as we managed finally to get onto the entry ramp, dodging nippily in front of an over-sized Range Rover the driver of which was looking particularly apoplectic.
  • Then he's off again, nippily leading the way to his orchard so that he can show off his apple trees, despite the fact that he has an arthritic knee.
  • This is very hard to do, and it's not very feasible that a hefty sort of spaceship could fly around nippily just like a plane.

nippiness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Not only was the night cold though, it was also stomach churningly smelly - the nippiness was later accompanied by the splendiferous aroma of steaming bacon ribs.
  • The Irishman, in a prelude to his current nippiness around the links, was not slow to respond: ‘He's no boy racer himself,’ he quipped.
  • The long, dark Nordic winter may be over, but the nippiness at night is not to be underestimated.

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