snippy

[snip-ee]
adjective, snippier, snippiest.
1.
sharp or curt, especially in a supercilious or haughty way; impertinent.
2.
scrappy or fragmentary.
Also, snippety [snip-i-tee] .


Origin:
1720–30; snip + -y1

snippily, adverb
snippiness, snippetiness, noun
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snippy (ˈsnɪpɪ)
 
adj , -pier, -piest
1.  scrappy; fragmentary
2.  informal fault-finding
3.  dialect mean; stingy
 
'snippily
 
adv
 
'snippiness
 
n

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Example sentences
Thanks for the clarification, and sorry to be so snippy earlier.
Given that, it is not good politics to get snippy at people because they're not giving up soon enough to suit you.
There's no need to be snippy or condescending with students.
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