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adj. snip·pi·er, snip·pi·est Informal
1. Sharp-tongued; impertinent: a snippy retort.
2. Occurring in pieces; fragmentary.


adj, -pier or -piest
1. scrappy; fragmentary
2. informal fault-finding
3. dialect mean; stingy
ˈsnippily adv
ˈsnippiness n


(ˈsnɪp i)

adj. -pi•er, -pi•est.
1. sharp or curt, esp. in a contemptuous or haughty way.
2. scrappy or fragmentary.
Often, snip′pe•ty (-ɪ ti)
snip′pi•ly, adv.
snip′pi•ness, n.
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adj (US inf) person, toneschnippisch, kurz angebunden; to be in a snippy moodkurz angebunden sein
References in classic literature ?
He was rather snippy about my leaving a book in the hall.
You always want trenches; you ought to ha" been born a rabbit Snippy.
I wonder if you'd he so superior and snippy if you had to live on six dollars a week.
Yes, or when you're put in a snippy little room 'way at the top of the house with nothin' in it," growled Nancy.
Starring: Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson An entertaining comedy drama telling the tale of how Walt Disney (Hanks) tried to secure the film rights to Mary Poppins from its snippy author PL Travers (Thompson).
AFTER an exclusive three-week run in London, where it received some snippy reviews, the latest collaboration between George Clooney and Steven Soderbergh expands across the country.
Reluctant guests include desperate-to-keep-the-peace Dad, terminally ill Mom, senile Grandma and two snippy younger siblings.
Plus, he was snippy to Al Gore, who is making more sense than anyone right now.
We were getting snippy with each other and our marriage was beginning to break down.
As for the Hyatt, hotel general manager Jerry Westenhaver got a little snippy over the whole affair, calling suggestions of foul play pure ``hype.
Why anyone should be snippy about it, I do not know.
I'm not surprised you're single,'' a snippy Brockovich tells the toga'd character, played in the original film by Joaquin Phoenix.