Definition of nippy in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnipē/

adjective (nippier, nippiest)

1(Of the weather) rather cold; chilly: it’s a bit nippy this morning
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  • 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.
2Inclined to nip or bite: macaws can sometimes be nippy and unpredictable
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  • You can easily train a puppy not to nip (and you really should do so quickly, nippy dogs are not good), but you can't do it if you don't have time to hang out with the pup.
3chiefly British Quick; nimble.
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.



Pronunciation: /ˈnipəlē/
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.

Words that rhyme with nippy

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

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Syllabification: nip·py

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