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snappish

[snap-ish] /ˈsnæp ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
apt to snap or bite, as a dog.
2.
disposed to speak or reply in an impatient or irritable manner.
3.
impatiently or irritably sharp; curt:
a snappish reply.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; snap + -ish1
Related forms
snappishly, adverb
snappishness, noun
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Examples for snappish
  • Nevertheless they tease and worry, poke and tickle the animal continually, so that he is surly and snappish.
  • In the campaign, he could be snappish, responding dismissively to questions from the press and the audience.
  • He grew snappish with patients, or sometimes did not answer at all when asked a question.
  • Taut nerves make the leaders snappish as they scurry about, pausing in little clots of prayer, then bustling to their tasks.
  • Some are aggressive and snappish around their peers, others are diffident and conciliatory.
  • Overworked, snappish and ragtag, they are weary and wan.
  • With a reputation for patience, he is snappish aud vindictive.
  • The community itself, faced now with certain decimation, turned inward and snappish.
Word Origin and History for snappish
adj.

"peevish," 1540s, from snap (v.) + -ish. Related: Snappishly; snappishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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