- Also chip·pie. Slang.
- a promiscuous woman.
- a prostitute.
- chipping sparrow.
Origin of chippy1
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Examples from the Web for chippie
He came to a halt, on reaching the end of the library table, Chippie by his side.
Encouraged by this exchange of greetings, Chippie also spoke up.
In general it was Chippie who put these questions or made the remarks.
Tom was hanging on his shoulder, while Chippie was seated on his knee.
Here, Chippie, here; and I hope you may never have anything so awful.
- British informal a fish-and-chip shop
- British and NZ a slang word for carpenter
- NZ a potato crisp
C19: from chip (n)
- informal resentful or oversensitive about being perceived as inferiora chippy miner's son
C20: from chip (sense 12)
- informal, mainly US and Canadian a promiscuous woman
C19: perhaps from chip (n)
- belligerent or touchy
C19: from chip (n), sense probably developing from: as dry as a chip of wood, hence irritable, touchy
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Word Origin and History for chippie
"promiscuous young woman; prostitute," 1880, U.S. slang, earlier (1864) short for chipping-bird "sparrow," perhaps ultimately a variant of cheep.
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