Definitions

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

  • adjective Likely to snap or bite, as a dog.
  • adjective Irritable and curt.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Ready or apt to snap or bite: as, a snappish cur.
  • Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or tartly; tart; crabbed; also, proceeding from a sharp temper or from anger; also, chiding; scolding; faultfinding.
  • Synonyms Touchy, testy, crusty, petulant, pettish, splenetic.

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

  • adjective Apt to snap at persons or things; eager to bite.
  • adjective Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or testily; easily provoked; tart; peevish.

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

  • adjective Likely to snap or bite.
  • adjective Exhibiting irritation or impatience; curt; irascible.

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

  • adjective apt to speak irritably

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

snap +‎ -ish.

Examples

  • The country made a huge leap electing a minority president; had at any point Obama gotten snappish or “angry” or remotely threatening, white America would have turned against him in a New York minute, and still would.

    Matthew Yglesias » Luce & Machiavelli on Leadership

  • And when I bristle, I get kind of big-brotherly, in the snappish way.

    Angry Young Man

  • An unpleasant show about miserable people working in an environment (corporate public relations) that's about as welcoming as Chernobyl, this is the decidedly non-romantic story of newly divorced whiner Alex (Hank Azaria), who cries after sex and any time he hears a certain Archies song, and snappish co-worker Helen (Kathryn Hahn), who drowns her sorrows over her dead-too-soon fiancé, to whom she's turned her home into a creepy shrine.

    Fall TV Previews: Up All Night, Free Agents

  • This self-referencing, snappish tone tracks with the president's "open mic" comments last week at a Chicago fund-raiser.

    Obama's Likability Gap

  • You may well cry after, or during, this anti-comedy about whiny, snappish neurotics sharing an unbearably smug workplace that's about as inviting as Chernobyl.

    Matt's Guide to the TV Week: Closer Finale, CW and NBC Premieres, and More

  • Whereas the workplace sex comedy Free Agents, featuring a mopey Hank Azaria and a snappish Kathryn Hahn, looks pretty toxic.

    Critic's Notebook: The NBC Upfront

  • In her real world, Coraline's snappish mother cleans while her father cooks unappetizing dishes.

    'Coraline' looks great, but the story lacks focus

  • Messrs. Davidson and Slocum were on the point of resolving their perplexity into wrath, as they went down the great stone stairway to the waiting carriage, but Mr. Crockett, the testy and snappish, muttered ecstatically: The son of a gun!

    CHAPTER IV

  • And when I bristle, I get kind of big-brotherly, in the snappish way.

    Angry Young Man

  • And when I bristle, I get kind of big-brotherly, in the snappish way.

    Angry Young Man

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