Definitions

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

  • adj. Informal Lively or energetic; brisk.
  • adj. Informal Smart or chic.
  • adj. Snappish: a snappy retort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. rapid and without delay
  • adj. irritable
  • adj. Tidy; well-dressed; sharp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Snappish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Snappish.
  • Having snap or “go.”

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

  • adj. smart and fashionable
  • adj. quick and energetic
  • adj. pleasantly cold and invigorating
  • adj. apt to speak irritably
  • adj. marked by up-to-dateness in dress and manners

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Examples

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  • They shift in snappy fashion in automatic mode, and they have manual modes that let the driver work the gears with panache unlikely using a clutch pedal.

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  • When a young McCann-Erickson copywriter came up with L'Oréal's famous slogan in 1971, advertising was characterized by snappy catchphrases on billboards and 30-second spots.

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  • Cadogan had begun in short, snappy sentences, and in a tense, rather high-keyed voice; but once warmed up he swung along in rounded, almost classic periods; and his voice deepened and softened and, as he became yet more absorbed in his subject, grew rhythmical, musical almost, the while his words took on added color and glow.

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  • Barkwell's voice leaped; he spoke in short, snappy, metallic sentences that betrayed passion long restrained, breaking his self-control.

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  • They watched the tall figure of Stallings charging through the adobe house, peering here and there, asking questions in short, snappy sentences, going down on his knees in search of footprints.

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  • He was assiduously seconded by Mr. Henry Crayon, thin-faced and alert as ever, speaking in short, snappy sentences, from which all useless adjectives were elided.

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