Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Tending to nip.
  • adjective Sharp or biting.
  • adjective Bitingly cold.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective informal Of the weather, rather cold.
  • adjective informal fast; speedy

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

  • adjective a sharp biting taste
  • adjective pleasantly cold and invigorating

Etymologies

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nip +‎ -y

Examples

  • The 28-year-old's performance against the West Indians won praise from Windies captain Chris Gayle, who labelled the nippy left-hand speedster the most potent of the Australian attack to feature in Perth.

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  • The 28-year-old's performance even won praise from Windies captain Chris Gayle, who labelled the nippy left-hand speedster the most potent of the Australian attack to feature in Perth.

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  • The 28-year-old's performance against the West Indians won praise from Windies captain Chris Gayle, who labelled the nippy left-hand speedster the most potent of the Australian attack to feature in Perth.

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  • The 28-year-old's performance against the West Indians won praise from Windies captain Chris Gayle, who labelled the nippy left-hand speedster the most potent of the Australian attack to feature in Perth.

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  • Sometimes the euphoria can last up to two months or so, then those who have been held captive become more irritable and 'nippy'.

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  • | Reply | Permalink but during her questions to Obama at his press conference, did anyone notice her reaction to the weather over there ... it was rather "nippy" or least her nipples reacted that way.

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  • Oh, and it's -5 out, which is kind of nippy for Embra.

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  • I smoked for a bit, but it was getting kind of nippy, so I went for a walk.

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  • I smoked for a bit, but it was getting kind of nippy, so I went for a walk.

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  • As it’s still kind of nippy at night, I thought the bottle of Scotch might be effective heating … especially if you get bored lighting fires every evening.

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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