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chipper2

[chip-er]
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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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Examples from the Web for chippered

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

chipper1

adjective informal
  1. cheerful; lively
  2. smartly dressed
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chipper2

noun
  1. Irish and Scot informal a fish-and-chip shop
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Word Origin and History for chippered

chipper

adj.

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

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