adjective (snappier, snappiest)• informal
- 1Irritable and inclined to speak sharply; snappish: anything unusual made her snappy and nervousMore example sentences
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, cholericNorth American • informal peckish, soreheadedAustralian/New Zealand • informal snaky• informal , • dated miffy
- 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.
- He'd read twice through every book in the house, and he'd become irritable and snappy.
- I'm suddenly nervous and snappy with Dan, who is driving the support van.
- 2Cleverly concise; neat: snappy catchphrasesMore example sentences
- For the most part though, Gilman covers all her bases, writing in snappy, clever prose that keeps the pages turning.
- It should have clear headings, concise paragraphs and snappy sentences.
- Dialogue is snappy and modern and peppered with expletives.
- 2.1Neat and elegant: a snappy dresserMore example sentences
smart, well dressed, well turned out, besuited, fashionably dressed, fashionable, stylish, chic, modish, elegant, neat, spruce, trim, dapper, debonair; French soigné• dated as if one had just stepped out of a bandboxBritish • informal , • dated swagger• archaic trig
- 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.
- Quick-thinking interplay and a snappy first-time shot from Nick Davies off his back foot halved the gap.
- 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.
make it snappy
- Be quick about it: into bed and make it snappy!More example sentences
hurry, hurry (it) up, be quick (about it), get a move on, come along, look lively, speed up, move fasterBritish • informal get one's skates onBritish • informal , • dated stir one's stumpsNorth American • informal get a wiggle onAustralian/New Zealand • informal rattle your dagsSouth African • informal put foot• dated make haste
- Well, make it snappy, because I'm not standing around here all night.
- And make it snappy so the rest of us can go ‘Aww’ and be done with it.’
- She looked down at her watch, ‘But make it snappy, okay?’
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- By the mid-nineteenth century, The United Society of Believers in Christ's Second Appearing, more snappily known as Shakers, has an estimated 6,000 members in 19 different communities.
- Interestingly Schlosser's latest work, the snappily titled Chew On This, appears to be a largely regurgitated version of his previous best-selling adult exposé of the burger world, Fast Food Nation.
- He is a set-piece specialist who dresses snappily - he even owns a clothes shop in Gothenberg - and is married to a model.
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- OK then, plenty of information, but I think it lacks that snappiness that slogan shirts usually have, also it's lucky I'm a big lad or the size of shirt needed for all this would drown me.
- Everybody's on board here, and everything just sails along on the charm of its people and the snappiness of Soderbergh's rhythms.
- The American cocker spaniel, for example, once sweet and docile, was bred indiscriminately when it became popular, and problems with health and temperament resulted; it soon gained a reputation for snappiness and instability.