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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (cool)
a. fresquito
It's a bit nippy in Buenos Aires today.Hoy hace fresquito en Buenos Aires.
You may want to put on a jacket. It's a bit nippy out today.A lo mejor querrás ponerte una chaqueta. Hoy hace un poco de fresquito.
2. (tending to nip)
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
My cat can be affectionate, but he can be nippy as well, which kind of annoys me.Mi gato puede ser cariñoso, pero también tiene la costumbre de mordisquearme, que me irrita un poco.
The dog is young, so he's still full of energy and a bit nippy.El perro es joven, así que todavía tiene mucha energía y suele darnos mordisquitos.
3. (intense in flavor)
a. fuerte
The sauce's nippy flavor really makes the dish.El fuerte sabor de la salsa es la clave del plato.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(quick) (United Kingdom)
a. rápido
The nippy bellboy had the guests' luggage in the lobby in the blink of an eye.El rápido botones llevó las maletas de los huéspedes al vestíbulo en un abrir y cerrar de los ojos.
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (quick)
a. ligero(a), rápido(a)
2. (cold)
a. fresco(a)
it's a bit nippy todayhoy hace un poco de fresco
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nippy [ˈnɪpɪ]
nippier (comparative)nippiest (superlative)
1 (quick) [+person] ágil; rápido; [+car] rápido
be nippy about it! ¡date prisa!; we shall have to be nippy tendremos que darnos prisa; tendremos que apurarnos or movernos; (LAm)
2 (cold) [+weather] fresquito
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