[chip-uh-wah, -wey, -wuh]

noun, plural Chip·pe·was, (especially collectively) Chip·pe·wa.

Origin of Chippewa

An Americanism dating back to 1665–75


[chip-uh-wah, -wey, -wuh]


a river in N Wisconsin, flowing S to the Mississippi River. 200 miles (322 km) long. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for chippewa

Contemporary Examples of chippewa

Historical Examples of chippewa

  • It was the very counterpart, in all respects, of the Chippewa storm song.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • Again the thirty yards were allowed; again the Chippewa guns were fired.

    Old Fort Snelling

    Marcus L. Hansen

  • When opposite, the Sioux boys fired and the Chippewa in the lead fell dead.

  • When the Chippewa retaliated they would go in the same proportion.

  • The fighting went on for hours, but the Chippewa were repulsed.

British Dictionary definitions for chippewa


Chippeway (ˈtʃɪpɪˌweɪ)

noun plural -was, -wa, -ways or -way

another name for Ojibwa
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for chippewa


see Ojibwa.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper