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snappy

[snap-ee] /ˈsnæp i/
adjective, snappier, snappiest.
1.
apt to snap or bite; snappish, as a dog.
2.
impatient or irritable, as a person or a reply.
3.
snapping or crackling in sound, as a fire.
4.
quick or sudden in action or performance.
5.
Informal. crisp, smart, lively, brisk, etc.:
Only snappy people get ahead in this world.
Idioms
6.
make it snappy, Slang. to speed up; hurry.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; snap + -y1
Related forms
snappily, adverb
snappiness, noun
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Examples from the web for snappy
  • There's no evidence to suggest that there's any more to it than that people get snappy when they're hungry.
  • Please don't concern yourself with a snappy response.
  • What she has in mind is a big tent, one that doesn't exclude fancy toys or snappy musical productions.
  • It's the kind of snappy response you'd expect from a for-profit college.
  • Consequently, they write interesting stuff, more human than coldly professional or formula-snappy.
  • These tend to be part of a longer exchange, but you're only viewing one snappy portion.
  • If you accept this theory, it makes perfect sense that the protesters don't have short and snappy set of demands.
  • Where the other chapters consistently felt snappy and engrossing, this one sometimes felt a little more formulaic, even forced.
  • With all his snappy posts and ripostes, you may have come to think of him as quick-witted.
  • McLuhan's slogans circulate because they are snappy but also because they have never been understood.
British Dictionary definitions for snappy

snappy

/ˈsnæpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
Also snappish. apt to speak sharply or irritably
2.
Also snappish. apt to snap or bite
3.
crackling in sound: a snappy fire
4.
brisk, sharp, or chilly: a snappy pace, snappy weather
5.
smart and fashionable: a snappy dresser
6.
(slang) make it snappy, be quick! hurry up!
Derived Forms
snappily, adverb
snappiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snappy
adj.

"quick, energetic," 1825, from snap (v.) + -y (2). Meaning "clever, smart" is from 1871; that of "neat and stylishly elegant" is from 1881. Related: Snappily; snappiness. Command make it snappy attested from 1910.

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Slang definitions & phrases for snappy

snapper

noun

The point or risible climax of a story or joke; punch line, zinger: With Neil Simon's vaudeville snappers what matters is that they come on schedule/ The final snapper was that Lubben never got his income tax paid by his ex-partners, either

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bronco buster

[1857+; fr snapper, ''a cracker on the end of a whip,'' found by 1817]


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Idioms and Phrases with snappy

snappy

see under make haste
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