- Also chip·pie. Slang.
- a promiscuous woman.
- a prostitute.
- chipping sparrow.
Origin of chippy1
- a chipmunk.
Origin of chippy2
- Ice Hockey. using or characterized by aggressive, rough play or commission of fouls: a chippy player; a chippy second period.
- Canadian. irritable; ill-tempered.
Origin of chippy3
- a carpenter.
- a store selling fish and chips.
Origin of chippy4
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Examples from the Web for chippy
For all the glamour of some local residents, the town itself—known to locals as "Chippy" — remains a handsome but modest place.'World' Players' Secret Getaway
July 17, 2011
But Mr. Chippy kept flying back and forth in a great flutter.The Tale of Grumpy Weasel
Arthur Scott Bailey
And Mr. Chippy said that nothing would please him more than to do just that.
Daddy Longlegs pretended not to hear Mr. Chippy's suggestion.
Most of the company clapped their hands when Mr. Chippy said that.
But Jasper Jay complained that Mr. Chippy was altogether too humble.The Tale of Jasper Jay
Arthur Scott Bailey
- 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 chippy
"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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