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1. Sharp and biting, as the cold.
2. Bitingly sarcastic.

nip′ping·ly adv.


1. sharp and biting: a nipping wind.
2. sarcastic; bitter
ˈnippingly adv


(ˈnɪp ɪŋ)

1. sharp or biting, as cold.
2. sarcastic; caustic.
nip′ping•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.nipping - capable of wounding; "a barbed compliment"; "a biting aphorism"; "pungent satire"
sarcastic - expressing or expressive of ridicule that wounds
2.nipping - pleasantly cold and invigorating; "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"; "a nipping wind"; "a nippy fall day"; "snappy weather"
cold - having a low or inadequate temperature or feeling a sensation of coldness or having been made cold by e.g. ice or refrigeration; "a cold climate"; "a cold room"; "dinner has gotten cold"; "cold fingers"; "if you are cold, turn up the heat"; "a cold beer"
References in classic literature ?
The mosquitoes made merry over her, biting her firm, round arms and nipping at her bare insteps.
They were, consequently, the first dispossessed; and the seemingly inevitable fate of all these people, who disappear before the advances, or it might be termed the inroads, of civilization, as the verdure of their native forests falls before the nipping frosts, is represented as having already befallen them.
Akela and Gray Brother ran to and fro nipping the buffaloes' legs, and though the herd wheeled once to charge up the ravine again, Mowgli managed to turn Rama, and the others followed him to the wallows.