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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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  • The squeeze, Cooper, hissed Nelson in Chippers ear, as the little shortstop rose from the bench.

    The New Boys at Oakdale

    Morgan Scott

  • It also chippers like a young Warbler or a Black-throated Green.

British Dictionary definitions for chippers


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 chippers



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

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