Definitions

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  • adv. In a nipping manner.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adv. In a nipping manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a nipping manner; with bitter sarcasm; sarcastically.

Etymologies

nipping +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was nippingly cold outside, and the warm restaurant proved a delightful contrast.

    The Governess

  • All the windows were open, and the east wind came in at its will, nippingly cold if airy.

    Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. XVI., December, 1880.

  • Leith Links, sweeping thin and nippingly across shining sands left bare by a receding tide; down by the rippling water-line, as the sun of a late spring day neared his setting, clamouring gulls bickered noisily over the possession of some fishy dainty.

    Stories of the Border Marches

  • Tess shivered a little as the frost-laden air bit nippingly at her ears.

    The Secret of the Storm Country

  • Others, scattered about the hillsides and in the arroyos, grazed nippingly at the sparse bunch-grass, moving quickly from clump to clump.

    Overland Red A Romance of the Moonstone Cañon Trail

  • The weather for a month has been perfect, the sky an extravagance of blue, the air lively enough, the nights cool, nippingly cool. and the whole ancient greyness lighted with an irresistible smile.

    Italian Hours

  • "Nay, then, 't is a shame to see Christian men so served, and they so scarce a commodity in these parts," declared Helen Billington to her neighbor Mistress Hopkins, who nippingly replied, --

    Standish of Standish A story of the Pilgrims

  • MRS. DALE (pinching her husband's arm very nippingly).

    My Novel — Volume 01

  • At the moment of which I am now about to speak -- we were drawing close on toward the meridian of the Horn, but well to the south of it; and the weather was what sailors call "dirty" -- a dark, scowling sky overhead, charged with sleet and rain squalls that, when we ran into them, lashed us and stung the skin like whips; the atmosphere was nippingly raw, and thick enough to veil and blot out everything at a distance of more than four miles; and the wind was blowing so fresh from the southward that the men had at length been compelled to unwillingly turn out and snug the brig down to double-reefed topsails, with the mainsail stowed.

    The Castaways

  • "If I can once get her respectably married," said Irene, nippingly, her small face resolute, "I won't worry about what she tells or doesn't tell.

    Jane Journeys On

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