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noun, plural chip·pies.
  1. Also chip·pie. Slang.
    1. a promiscuous woman.
    2. a prostitute.
  2. chipping sparrow.

Origin of chippy1

1860–65, Americanism; chipp(ing sparrow) + -y2; def. 1 apparently derivative of this sense, or from chip2
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Examples from the Web for chippie

Historical Examples

  • He came to a halt, on reaching the end of the library table, Chippie by his side.

    The Letter of the Contract

    Basil King

  • 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 Dictionary definitions for chippie


noun plural -pies
  1. British informal a fish-and-chip shop
  2. British and NZ a slang word for carpenter
  3. NZ a potato crisp

Word Origin

C19: from chip (n)


adjective -pier or -piest
  1. informal resentful or oversensitive about being perceived as inferiora chippy miner's son
Derived Formschippiness, noun

Word Origin

C20: from chip (sense 12)



noun plural -pies
  1. an informal name for chipmunk, chipping sparrow



noun plural -pies
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a promiscuous woman

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from chip (n)


adjective -pier or -piest
  1. belligerent or touchy

Word Origin

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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