[nip-ee] /ˈnɪp i/

adjective, nippier, nippiest.
chilly or cold:
morning air that feels a bit nippy.
sharp or biting; tangy:
This cheese has a good, nippy taste.
Chiefly British Informal. nimble; agile.
adjective -pier, -piest
(of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
(Brit, informal)

(of the taste of food) biting, sharp, or pungent
(of a dog) inclined to bite

1898, in reference to a “biting” chill in the air, from nip (n.2) + -y (2). Related: Nippiness.


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