nippy


nippy
[[t]nɪ̱pi[/t]]
1) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If the weather is nippy, it is rather cold. [INFORMAL]

It could get suddenly nippy in the evenings, and then you'd be glad of a fire.

Syn:
2) ADJ-GRADED If you describe something or someone as nippy, you mean that they can move very quickly over short distances. [BRIT, INFORMAL]

This nippy new car has fold down rear seats...

Barnaby may be 15, but he's nippy and suited to badminton.


English dictionary. 2008.

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  • nippy — nip|py [ˈnıpi] adj informal 1.) weather that is nippy is slightly cold = ↑chilly ▪ It s a bit nippy out there. 2.) BrE moving quickly or able to move quickly ▪ a nippy little car …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • nippy — adjective informal 1 weather that is nippy is slightly cold: It s rather nippy out there. 2 BrE moving quickly or able to move quickly: a nippy little car nippiness noun (U) nippily adverb …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • nippy — UK [ˈnɪpɪ] / US adjective Word forms nippy : adjective nippy comparative nippier superlative nippiest informal 1) British able to run or move quickly 2) if the weather is nippy, it is cold …   English dictionary

  • nippy — adjective (nippier; est) Date: 1575 1. marked by a tendency to nip < a nippy dog > 2. brisk, quick, or nimble in movement ; snappy 3. pungent, sharp 4. chilly, chilling < a …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • nippy — /nip ee/, adj., nippier, nippiest. 1. chilly or cold: morning air that feels a bit nippy. 2. sharp or biting; tangy: This cheese has a good, nippy taste. 3. Chiefly Brit. Informal. nimble; agile. [1565 75; NIP1 + Y1] * * * …   Universalium


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