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snippy

[snip-ee] /ˈsnɪp i/
adjective, snippier, snippiest.
1.
sharp or curt, especially in a supercilious or haughty way; impertinent.
2.
scrappy or fragmentary.
Also, snippety
[snip-i-tee] /ˈsnɪp ɪ ti/ (Show IPA)
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Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; snip + -y1
Related forms
snippily, adverb
snippiness, snippetiness, noun
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Examples from the web for snippy
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for snippy

snippy

/ˈsnɪpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
scrappy; fragmentary
2.
(informal) fault-finding
3.
(dialect) mean; stingy
Derived Forms
snippily, adverb
snippiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for snippy
adj.

1727, "parsimonious;" 1848, "fault-finding, sharp;" 1886, "fragmentary;" from snip (n.) + -y (2). Related: Snippily; snippiness.

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