snappishness

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n snappishness a disposition to exhibit uncontrolled anger "his temper was well known to all his employees"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n snappishness The character of being snappish; peevishness; tartness.
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Usage

In literature:

And she took no pains to mask her snappish first-sight aversion to the lanky Cyril.
"Further Adventures of Lad" by Albert Payson Terhune
And then should she ever turn snappish you'd be able to tighten the reins!
"Redemption and Two Other Plays" by Leo Tolstoy
She's drefful weak, an' it stan's to reason she'd be kind o' snappish sometimes.
"Mercy Philbrick's Choice" by Helen Hunt Jackson
But as the romantically impatient and sometimes a bit snappish Mrs. Penniman would say, he had never gone far.
"The Wrong Twin" by Harry Leon Wilson
Or 'twill, be worse for me,' he added snappishly, 'than for you.
"The Castle Inn" by Stanley John Weyman
I never heard a mother confess in family prayer that she was irritable and snappish.
"Library Of The World's Best Literature, Ancient And Modern, Vol 4" by Charles Dudley Warner
So he tried another question, after a while, very cautiously, and was surprised to find Mr. Crittenden no longer snappish, but quite friendly.
"The Brimming Cup" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
We are a pair of snappish old dogs and need a young man like you to look after us.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
And I'll not be so snappish with Eugenia, and make her feel that she was most to blame about our getting the measles.
"The Little Colonel's House Party" by Annie Fellows Johnston
The collie was handsome, beautifully groomed, and rather snappish.
"Jan" by A. J. Dawson
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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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