from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Informal Sharp-tongued; impertinent: shocked by his snippy retort.
- adj. Informal Occurring in pieces; fragmentary.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. irritable; impatient; short-tempered.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fragmentary; snipped.
- Mean; stingy.
- Inclined to be supercilious or ‘uppish’; snobbish.
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Quincy, whose shrewd little soul easily divined that this equable warmth of manner, which she dubbed snippy condescension, sprang from affection for Dick and Mrs. Percival and not for herself.
During his term he was often seen on the evening news in snippy exchanges with reporters or lecturing taxpayers to take their tax-hike medicine.
Then I called the snippy female judge "Tomato Face" and left.
The priest and the mother are not impressed, and Walter gets all snippy, which is awesome.
The female dog reportedly had been "snippy" with a Metro officer and been pepper-sprayed.
The operator was kind of snippy yes, as if she had never done drugs, hated kids and lacked the emotional distance despite her apparent lack of empathy to think on her feet.
"The unnecessary use of any of the following words -- 'subliminable,' 'snippy' or 'recount' -- will result in an invitation not to return," she said.
This incident has been all over the media, who have variously called Obama "snippy" (FOX) and "testy" (CBS).
I guess I'm just in a "snippy" mood all the way around.
I have met and worked with Pedersen, and he struck me as arrogant, "snippy" and whiny.