chipper

2
[chip-er]
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Origin of chipper

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

chipper

3
[chip-er]
noun
  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.

Origin of chipper

3
First recorded in 1505–15; chip1 + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for chippers

chipper

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

chipper

2
noun
  1. Irish and Scot informal a fish-and-chip shop
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Word Origin and History for chippers

chipper

adj.

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

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