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chippy1

[chip-ee]
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noun, plural chip·pies.
  1. Also chip·pie. Slang.
    1. a promiscuous woman.
    2. a prostitute.
  2. chipping sparrow.
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Origin of chippy1

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

chippy2

[chip-ee]
noun, plural chip·pies.
  1. a chipmunk.
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chippy3

[chip-ee]
adjective, chip·pi·er, chip·pi·est.
  1. Ice Hockey. using or characterized by aggressive, rough play or commission of fouls: a chippy player; a chippy second period.
  2. Canadian. irritable; ill-tempered.
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Origin of chippy3

1890–95, for def 2; chip1 (Compare chip on one's shoulder) + -y1

chippy4

[chip-ee]
noun, plural chip·pies. British Informal.
  1. a carpenter.
  2. a store selling fish and chips.
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Origin of chippy4

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chippy1

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
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Word Origin

C19: from chip (n)

chippy2

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

Word Origin

C20: from chip (sense 12)

chippy3

chippie

noun plural -pies
  1. an informal name for chipmunk, chipping sparrow
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chippy4

chippie

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

C19: perhaps from chip (n)

chippy5

adjective -pier or -piest
  1. belligerent or touchy
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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 chippy

n.

"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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