Definition of Snappy

1. Adjective. Apt to speak irritably. "A snappish tone of voice"

Exact synonyms: Snappish
Similar to: Ill-natured
Derivative terms: Snappishness

2. Adjective. Smart and fashionable. "Some sharp and whipping lines"
Exact synonyms: Whipping
Similar to: Spirited

3. Adjective. Pleasantly cold and invigorating. "Snappy weather"
Exact synonyms: Crisp, Frosty, Nipping, Nippy
Similar to: Cold
Derivative terms: Frost, Frostiness, Nip, Snap, Snap

4. Adjective. Marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners. "A jaunty red hat"

5. Adjective. Quick and energetic. "A spanking breeze"
Exact synonyms: Alert, Brisk, Lively, Merry, Rattling, Spanking, Zippy
Similar to: Energetic
Derivative terms: Briskness, Liveliness, Zip

Definition of Snappy

1. a. Snappish.

Definition of Snappy

1. Adjective. (informal) rapid and without delay ¹

2. Adjective. (informal) irritable ¹

3. Adjective. (informal) Tidy; well-dressed; sharp. ¹

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Definition of Snappy

1. snappish [adj -PIER, -PIEST] - See also: snappish

Lexicographical Neighbors of Snappy

snapping beetle
snapping one's fingers
snapping reflex
snapping shrimp
snapping turtle
snappy (current term)
snaps one's fingers
snapshot program

Literary usage of Snappy

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Mailbag (1918)
"When speed and go and snap were wanted, the collegian used to say "Make It snappy!" and thereby got results. It occurred to me that here was a text, ..."

2. Punch by Mark Lemon, Henry Mayhew, Tom Taylor, Shirley Brooks, Francis Cowley Burnand, Owen Seaman (1887)
"His most malignant enemy could not accuse snappy of being indeed it was recorded of ... which is wont to escape our lips at such mischance, snappy simply ..."

3. Jack London and Hawaii by Charmian London (1918)
"snappy little staccato seas slapping my face robbed me of breath and confidence of ever reaching the yacht, at a point when she was nearer than was the ..."

4. The Golden Door Book: A School Reader by Elias Hershey Sneath, George Hodges, Edward Lawrence Stevens (1913)
"... THE snappy SNAPPING TURTLE There was but one Snapping Turtle in the pond, and he was the only person there who had ever been heard to wish for another. ..."

5. Primary Ladies' Reader: A Choice and Varied Collection of Prose and Poetry by John William Stanhope Hows (1864)
"LITTLE DICK snappy. I Little Dick snappy, Was always unhappy— Because he did nothing but fret; And when he once cried, 'Twas in vain that you tried ..."

6. Modern Breaking: A Treatise on the Rearing, Breaking and Handling of Setters by William A. Bruette (1906)
"Breaking and field trial terms; obsolete words ; pointing; flushing; backing; drawing; reading : pottering; blinking; stanch; ranging; quartering; snappy,' ..."

7. Studies in English, Written and Spoken: For the Use of Continental Students by Cornelis Stoffel (1894)
"GY She is very snappy.—P. You had a thousand to twenty about Peter for the ... It was a very snappy bet.—P. May I ask you what is the meaning of the word ..."

8. Harvard Psychological Studies by Harvard Psychological Laboratory (1915)
"Again, there is generic resemblance between snappy Cheese and Nippy Cheese, though here of course, it being a question of the same item, it is sufficient to ..."

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