adjective, nip·pi·er, nip·pi·est.

  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 British Informal. nimble; agile.

adjective -pier or -piest

  1. (of weather) chilly, keen, or frosty
  2. British informal
    1. quick; nimble; active
    2. (of a motor vehicle) small and relatively powerful
  3. (of the taste of food) biting, sharp, or pungent
  4. (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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