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[nip-ee] /ˈnɪp i/
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 of nippy
1565-1575
1565-75; nip1 + -y1
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nippy

/ˈnɪpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
(of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
2.
(Brit, informal)
  1. quick; nimble; active
  2. (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
Derived Forms
nippily, adverb
nippiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for nippy
adj.

1898, in reference to a "biting" chill in the air, from nip (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Nippiness.

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