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Origin of chipper1
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Definition for chipper (2 of 3)
verb (used without object)
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What does chipper mean?
Chipper is most commonly used as an adjective meaning upbeat, cheerful, and high-spirited, especially in an outward way.
Chipper is used to describe someone’s overall mood or attitude, or their actions. People sometimes get annoyed if they think a person is being too chipper—the word may be used to imply that such cheerfulness is annoying or inappropriate for the situation.
As an adjective, it can also mean nicely dressed, though this sense is used much less commonly.
Chipper can also be used as a noun referring to a machine that grinds wood (like tree trunks and branches) into chips. This is more commonly called a woodchipper.
Less commonly, chipper can be used as a verb meaning to chirp or twitter, like a bird does (a chipping sparrow, perhaps), or to chatter or babble, as in If you leave those two to themselves, they’ll chipper away the entire afternoon.
Chipper also has a few slang uses, including as a term for a fish-and-chip shop in Ireland and Scotland.
Example: Ironically, I’m at my most chipper when I get to work the woodchipper—there’s just something really satisfying about it.
Where does chipper come from?
The first records of the use of the word chipper as an adjective meaning “cheerful” come from around the 1830s. Its origin isn’t known for sure, but it may come from the northern British dialect term kipper, meaning “lively.” The other main senses of chipper are recorded earlier and their origins are more straightforward: a woodchipper chips wood into chips; chip is a sound a bird makes, similar to chirp and cheep.
Chipper often describes a cheerful attitude that is very outward and obvious. People who are chipper are lively, sprightly, cheerful, and sunny. They’ve got a smile on their face and pep in their step, and they love to chipper away with other chipper people. A person who’s chipper in the morning is often called a morning person. People who aren’t morning people often get annoyed by morning people, and, similarly, people who aren’t in a good mood may not appreciate how outwardly cheerful a chipper person is being. For that reason, the word chipper is sometimes used in a slightly negative way to imply that someone’s cheerfulness is … a bit much.
Chipper should not be confused with the slang term chippy, which means just about the opposite: irritable or ill-tempered, or, when applied to a sports game, characterized by rough, aggressive play.
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What are some other forms related to chipper?
- more chipper (comparative form of the adjective)
- most chipper (superlative form of the adjective)
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How is chipper used in real life?
Chipper is most commonly used as an adjective. Some people may use the word in a slightly negative way to describe a mood that they consider a little too positive. When referring to a woodchipper, the word woodchipper is more commonly used.
Mrs anderson is always so chipper in the morning and it almost makes me mad sometimes
— lextra ☆ (@lexieeemeow) November 17, 2014
It is 9 AM on a Saturday. How are you this chipper at 9 AM on a Saturday?
— Degrassi (@Degrassi) January 17, 2015
love is like a box of chocolates. You never know when someone’s gonna throw your heart in a wood chipper and block you. or something like that …
— nombemusic (@NoMBeMusic) April 22, 2020
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Is chipper used correctly in the following sentence?
I could tell that my boss was feeling chipper because he kept scowling at customers and yelling at employees.
Example sentences from the Web for chipper
So we decided to go right to the source, sitting down with the chipper 24-year-old actor to address the various reports.Daniel Radcliffe Says No More ‘Harry Potter.’ (He’s Not Engaged, Either.)|Marlow Stern|May 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Finally, after a couple of thwarted attempts, a chipper male voice announced that you had arrived.We're All Still Secretly Using Our 1990s AOL Screen Names. Why?|Andrew Romano|January 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But once we get up to speed, we climb upon a chipper wind and flourishingly soar.Barbara Fredrickson’s Bestselling ‘Positivity’ Is Trashed by a New Study|Will Wilkinson|August 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Gone was Hathaway the survivor; back was the chipper aggravator.The Cult of Hathahaters: Will It Hurt Anne Hathaway’s Oscar Chances?|Kevin Fallon|January 20, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I started with email, where I had often signed off with a chipper “thanks!”
When the Cave-men noticed that Chipper never lost his shaft they began to make loose shafts.
Instead of being glum and pessimistic and foreboding, he was chipper and enthusiastic.Masters of Space|Edward Elmer Smith
Brisk and chipper was the step at which his dainty feet bore him along Broadway.Tin-Types Taken in the Streets of New York|Lemuel Ely Quigg
Sometimes Chipper helped him, and often Greybeard worked with him.
Agnes hinted that she must have some particular reason for being so "chipper."The Corner House Girls Growing Up|Grace Brooks Hill