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chipper1

[chip-er] /ˈtʃɪp ər/
adjective
1.
marked by or being in sprightly good humor and health.
Origin of chipper1
1830-1840
First recorded in 1830-40; of uncertain origin
Synonyms
jaunty, peppy, pert.

chipper2

[chip-er] /ˈtʃɪp ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to chirp or twitter.
2.
to chatter or babble.
Origin
First recorded in 1705-15; chip2 + -er6

chipper3

[chip-er] /ˈtʃɪp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that chips or cuts.
2.
a machine that grinds up logs, tree trunks, discarded Christmas trees, etc., into wood chips.
3.
Slang. a person who uses narcotic drugs only occasionally or in small doses.
Origin
First recorded in 1505-15; chip1 + -er1
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Examples from the Web for chipper
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  • He's feeling so chipper that, if it wasn't that I swore he shouldn't, he'd have got out of bed by this time.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • chipper managed to get it and wing it across to Crane for a clean put-out.

  • A remark which inflamed Cooper, in spite of chipper's pretense that he did not hear it.

  • You'll find old Jim spry an' chipper, awaitin' you with a smile on his face.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • Instead of being glum and pessimistic and foreboding, he was chipper and enthusiastic.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for chipper

chipper1

/ˈtʃɪpə/
adjective (informal)
1.
cheerful; lively
2.
smartly dressed

chipper2

/ˈtʃɪpər/
noun
1.
(Irish & Scot, informal) a fish-and-chip shop
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Word Origin and History for chipper
adj.

1834, "lively, nimble," American English, from northern British dialectal kipper "nimble, frisky," the origin of which is obscure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chipper

chipper 1

noun

An occasional, nonaddicted user of narcotics; joy-popper: Amy, who is only a ''chipper,'' wanted to meet somebody

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr chip, ''small quantity, bit'']

chipper 2

adjective

Energetic and jaunty; lively; perky

[1830s+; fr British dialect kipper]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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