snappish

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj snappish apt to speak irritably "a snappish tone of voice"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Snappish Apt to snap at persons or things; eager to bite; as, a snapping cur.
    • Snappish Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or testily; easily provoked; tart; peevish. "The taunting address of a snappish misanthrope."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • snappish Ready or apt to snap or bite: as, a snappish cur.
    • snappish Sharp in reply; apt to speak angrily or tartly; tart; crabbed; also, proceeding from a sharp temper or from anger; also, chiding; scolding; faultfinding.
    • snappish Synonyms Touchy, testy, crusty, petulant, pettish, splenetic.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adjs Snappish inclined to snap: eager to bite: sharp in reply
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. snappen, to snap; Ger. schnappen.

Usage

In literature:

One always feels a bit snappish first thing.
"Old Gold" by George Manville Fenn
Dexter looked puzzled, and he flushed a little as he wondered why it was that the maid looked so cross, and always answered him so snappishly.
"Quicksilver" by George Manville Fenn
It was headaches with her and general snappishness of temper.
"Priscilla's Spies" by George A. Birmingham
He was a snappish, surly old chap.
"The Tale of Bobby Bobolink" by Arthur Scott Bailey
She told me I was actually snappish with you when she was here last night.
"John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein" by Frank R. Stockton
I forgot how snappish you are.
"Romola" by George Eliot
The Major answered Dr. O'Grady's greeting snappishly.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
Irritated, he answered her snappishly.
"The Escape of Mr. Trimm" by Irvin S. Cobb
They are half-wild, snappish, and surly, as it is possible for dogs to be.
"The Forest Exiles" by Mayne Reid
And she was not in the least daunted, only inclined to feel very cross and snappish.
"Little Folks" by Various
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In news:

Over the course of the past month, she explained, Adam had become uncharacteristically nervous and snappish.
One of the things I like least about dieting—besides the obvious fact that I have to give up all the foods that got me in trouble in the first place—is that hours after I decide to be virtuous, I am already a grumpy, snappish mess.
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