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A bit nippy

Posted by Bob on July 22, 2006

In Reply to: A bit nippy posted by ESC on July 22, 2006

: : I was just wondering were a phrase originated from
: : "its a bit nippy in here".

: I am guessing: frost bite. As in The Christmas Song:

: Chestnuts roasting on an open fire
: Jack Frost nipping at your nose
: Yuletide carols being sung by a choir
: And folks dressed up like eskimos

nip·py adj. nip·pi·er, nip·pi·est
Tending to nip: an exuberant, nippy puppy.
Sharp or biting: nippy cheese.
Bitingly cold: a nippy fall day.
nippi·ly adv.
nippi·ness n.

Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
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adj : pleasantly cold and invigorating; "crisp clear nights and frosty mornings"; "a nipping wind"; "a nippy fall day"; "snappy weather"; (`parky' is a British term) [syn: crisp, frosty, nipping, snappy, parky]