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[snap-ish] /ˈsnæp ɪʃ/
apt to snap or bite, as a dog.
disposed to speak or reply in an impatient or irritable manner.
impatiently or irritably sharp; curt:
a snappish reply.
Origin of snappish
1535-45; snap + -ish1
Related forms
snappishly, adverb
snappishness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Now, Duke can be ever so snappish and peevish; I'm not half so much afraid for him.

    Magnum Bonum Charlotte M. Yonge
  • You're one of the crew, I suppose, and you needn't be so snappish.

    The Wizard of the Sea Roy Rockwood
  • He would get too hot under the collar and be snappish, afterwards.

    The Brimming Cup Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  • "He's only a snappish little demon, and you spoil him so," said the other voice.

    The Marriage of Elinor Margaret Oliphant
  • No snappish word greets him; and he is incapable of being ill-natured with the kind soul whom he worships in his rough way.

    Side Lights James Runciman
  • He hates it; and when I tried to force him to-day, he was that sharp and snappish I was afraid.

    Divided Skates Evelyn Raymond
  • Ever since his ears were pierced, Adonis had been fretful and snappish.

    Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan
  • The cutlets of Alphonse were subject to snappish criticism. '

  • Dunstan, stony and snappish, was carrying the picnic impedimenta.

    Under the Law Edwina Stanton Babcock
  • "It would be at a costly price," he said, in a hard, snappish voice.

Word Origin and History for snappish

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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