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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj nippy pleasantly cold and invigorating "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings","a nipping wind","a nippy fall day","snappy weather"
    • adj nippy a sharp biting taste "a nippy cheese"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • nippy Biting; sharp; acid: as, ginger has a nippy taste.
    • nippy Curt in manner; snappy or snappish.
    • nippy Parsimonious; niggardly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Nippy nip′i (Scot.) sharp in taste: curt: parsimonious.
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In literature:

And the days of a long, hot Kansas summer, a glorious autumn, and a short, nippy winter swung by in their appointed seasons.
"A Master's Degree" by Margaret Hill McCarter
The wind was in their faces, such wind as there was, and the air was keen and nippy.
"Nan Sherwood at Pine Camp" by Annie Roe Carr
They've tu long ears an' vuzzy bellies, an' you nippies they in yeour pockets when they'm dead.
"Stalky & Co." by Rudyard Kipling
We called Master Bob Young's wife Miss Nippy; her name was Par/nel/i/py.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States" by Work Projects Administration
They may see our matches, and then we've got to be pretty nippy about using them.
"On Land And Sea At The Dardanelles" by Thomas Charles Bridges
I have always wanted to witness one of these deportations, and certainly the police were very nippy, if I may use the word.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, February 4, 1914" by Various
The air is like champagne I tasted once, kind of thin and clear and nippy and refreshing!
"Peggy-Alone" by Mary Agnes Byrne
Wilson might have set up for himself in the nippy northern town.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
When I'm big I'll never eat rice or mutton, but nice, nippy, mustardy meat, like what father used to give us from his dinners.
"Two Little Travellers" by Frances Browne Arthur
Never had she come so near to being a merciless rider as on that nippy morning.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
A bit nippy, parson man?
"The Cruise of the Shining Light" by Norman Duncan
He directed the men to help him onto his feet and soon came back with his old-fashioned nippy gait.
"Personal Recollections of the War of 1861" by Charles Augustus Fuller
He was quick on his feet and possessed a "nippy" pair of hands.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
She was middle-aged, nippy, determined, brusque, and a disciplinarian.
"For the School Colours" by Angela Brazil
Joe was light and "nippy" on his feet.
"A Boy of the Dominion" by F. S. Brereton
You've been mighty nippy, mates.
"A Lively Bit of the Front" by Percy F. Westerman
It was right down nippy.
"The Carter Girls" by Nell Speed
Nippy, frosty nights had put Mr. Carter wise to the many cracks that he must stop up.
"The Carter Girls' Mysterious Neighbors" by Nell Speed
He's a richt nippy yin wi' his dukes!
"The Viking Blood" by Frederick William Wallace
They go fine raw when you feel just nippy, you see, along with a piece of pilot bread.
"Motor Boat Boys on the Great Lakes" by Louis Arundel

In news:

Inside the US Botanic Garden on a nippy Saturday afternoon, it wasn't the humidity or the greenery that made the indoor gardens feel otherworldly — it was the shimmering ambient music being played on a fleet of boomboxes .
It turns out that thermal comfort standards shift with context, which explains why, in the winter, 74 degrees would feel tropical, but in the summer it can feel downright nippy.
At Times It Can Be Nippy .
Whitney Houston's Dear Friend Robyn Crawford Writes Open Letter to Nippy .
It's Going To Be A Tit Bit Nippy in the Midwest.
At Times It Can Be Nippy.
Above her in the casket 's silk lining was embroidered one word — "Nippy," — her childhood nickname.
It gets a little nippy in the morning.
I would like to thank Nippy and Chilly of the Knoxville Ice Bears for their endorsements of the campaign.
Anyone who knows me knows I'd like nothing more than to skip winter altogether and leapfrog straight from not-too-nippy autumn into getting-warmer spring.
After a nippy start, the weekend's weather should be delightful around Syracuse, going by the National Weather Service forecast.
Everyone in the Nippy Valley has a taste for cabernet, but only one has a taste for murder.
You know the ones—the driver's side can be set at 72 degrees and the passenger side at a nippy 68.