chippy

1
[chip-ee]

Origin of chippy

1
1860–65, Americanism; chipp(ing sparrow) + -y2; def. 1 apparently derivative of this sense, or from chip2

chippy

2
[chip-ee]
noun, plural chip·pies.
  1. a chipmunk.

Origin of chippy

2

chippy

3
[chip-ee]
adjective, chip·pi·er, chip·pi·est.
  1. Ice Hockey. using or characterized by aggressive, rough play or commission of fouls: a chippy player; a chippy second period.
  2. Canadian. irritable; ill-tempered.

Origin of chippy

3
1890–95, for def 2; chip1 (Compare chip on one's shoulder) + -y1

chippy

4
[chip-ee]
noun, plural chip·pies. British Informal.
  1. a carpenter.
  2. a store selling fish and chips.

Origin of chippy

4
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Contemporary Examples of chippy

  • For all the glamour of some local residents, the town itself—known to locals as "Chippy" —  remains a handsome but modest place.

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    July 17, 2011

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British Dictionary definitions for chippy

chippy

1
noun plural -pies
  1. British informal a fish-and-chip shop
  2. British and NZ a slang word for carpenter
  3. NZ a potato crisp

Word Origin for chippy

C19: from chip (n)

chippy

2
adjective -pier or -piest
  1. informal resentful or oversensitive about being perceived as inferiora chippy miner's son
Derived Formschippiness, noun

Word Origin for chippy

C20: from chip (sense 12)

chippy

3

chippie

noun plural -pies
  1. an informal name for chipmunk, chipping sparrow

chippy

4

chippie

noun plural -pies
  1. informal, mainly US and Canadian a promiscuous woman

Word Origin for chippy

C19: perhaps from chip (n)

chippy

5
adjective -pier or -piest
  1. belligerent or touchy

Word Origin for chippy

C19: from chip (n), sense probably developing from: as dry as a chip of wood, hence irritable, touchy
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Word Origin and History for chippy
n.

"promiscuous young woman; prostitute," 1880, U.S. slang, earlier (1864) short for chipping-bird "sparrow," perhaps ultimately a variant of cheep.

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