nip pier

nippy

[nip-ee]
adjective, nippier, nippiest.
1.
chilly or cold: morning air that feels a bit nippy.
2.
sharp or biting; tangy: This cheese has a good, nippy taste.
3.
Chiefly British Informal. nimble; agile.

Origin:
1565–75; nip1 + -y1

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nippy (ˈnɪpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
1.  (of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
2.  informal (Brit)
 a.  quick; nimble; active
 b.  (of a motor vehicle) small and relatively powerful
3.  (of the taste of food) biting, sharp, or pungent
4.  (of a dog) inclined to bite
 
'nippily
 
adv
 
'nippiness
 
n

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nippy
1898, in reference to a "biting" chill in the air, from nip (v.) + -y (2).
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