Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Tending to nip: an exuberant, nippy puppy.
  • adj. Sharp or biting: nippy cheese.
  • adj. Bitingly cold: a nippy fall day.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the weather, rather cold.
  • adj. fast; speedy

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pleasantly cold and invigorating; -- of weather conditions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Biting; sharp; acid: as, ginger has a nippy taste.
  • Curt in manner; snappy or snappish.
  • Parsimonious; niggardly.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. a sharp biting taste
  • adj. pleasantly cold and invigorating

Etymologies

nip +‎ -y (Wiktionary)

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  • In the dining-car they were served by broad-hipped Czech nippies with tired faces and untreated hair.
    —Julian Barnes, 1996, 'Tunnel', in Cross Channel

    (Often specifically in reference to the waitresses of Lyons teashops.)

    July 14, 2008