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. 2014.

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  • nippy — ippy adj. Pleasantly cold and invigorating; of weather conditions. Syn: crisp, frosty, nipping, snappy. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • nippy — (adj.) 1898, in reference to a biting chill in the air, from NIP (Cf. nip) (n.2) + Y (Cf. y) (2). Related: Nippiness …   Etymology dictionary

  • nippy — ► ADJECTIVE (nippier, nippiest) informal 1) quick; nimble. 2) chilly …   English terms dictionary

  • nippy — [nip′ē] adj. nippier, nippiest 1. nipping or tending to nip, or pinch 2. cold in a stinging way 3. [Brit. Informal] quick or nimble nippiness n …   English World dictionary

  • Nippy — This article is about J. Lyons waitresses. For the baby accessory, see pacifier. A nippy was a specific type of waitress associated with the J. Lyons Co brand of tea, and its tea shops and cafes in the UK. Beginning in the late 19th century, a J …   Wikipedia

  • 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: chilly 2) ADJ GRADED If you describe something or someone as… …   English dictionary

  • 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 — 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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