chipper

1
[chip-er]

adjective

marked by or being in sprightly good humor and health.

Nearby words

  1. chipotle,
  2. chippage,
  3. chipped beef,
  4. chippendale,
  5. chippendale, thomas,
  6. chippewa,
  7. chippewa falls,
  8. chippeway,
  9. chipping,
  10. chipping sparrow

Origin of chipper

1
First recorded in 1830–40; of uncertain origin

chipper

2
[chip-er]

verb (used without object)

to chirp or twitter.
to chatter or babble.

Origin of chipper

2
First recorded in 1705–15; chip2 + -er6

chipper

3
[chip-er]

noun

a person or thing that chips or cuts.
a machine that grinds up logs, tree trunks, discarded Christmas trees, etc., into wood chips.
Slang. a person who uses narcotic drugs only occasionally or in small doses.

Origin of chipper

3
First recorded in 1505–15; chip1 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for chipper

chipper

1

adjective informal

cheerful; lively
smartly dressed

noun

Irish and Scot informal a fish-and-chip shop
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Word Origin and History for chipper

chipper

adj.

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

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