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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
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Historical Examples

  • There, still more bats bung and chippered in protest as the intruders passed.

    Darkness and Dawn

    George Allan England

  • He looked more and more like a well-to-do old English sparrow, and chippered faster and faster.

  • "There was nothing that chippered you up so, as being real driving busy," Mrs. Jeffords said.

    The Other Girls

    Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney

British Dictionary definitions for chippered


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 chippered



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

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