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  1. marked by or being in sprightly good humor and health.
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Origin of chipper1

First recorded in 1830–40; of uncertain origin


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verb (used without object)
  1. to chirp or twitter.
  2. to chatter or babble.
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Origin of chipper2

First recorded in 1705–15; chip2 + -er6


  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.
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Origin of chipper3

First recorded in 1505–15; chip1 + -er1
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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


adjective informal
  1. cheerful; lively
  2. smartly dressed
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  1. Irish and Scot informal a fish-and-chip shop
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Word Origin and History for chipper


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

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