Dictionary.com

chippy

1
[ chip-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪp i /
Save This Word!

noun, plural chip·pies.
Also chippie. Slang.
  1. a promiscuous woman.
  2. a prostitute.
QUIZ
FIRE UP YOUR VOCAB FOR A "RED" SYNONYMS QUIZ
No fire engine reds here, only a fierce collection of vibrant words for the color red to test yourself on.
Question 1 of 7
What does "amaranth" mean?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of chippy

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

Other definitions for chippy (2 of 4)

chippy2
[ chip-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪp i /

noun, plural chip·pies.

Origin of chippy

2

Other definitions for chippy (3 of 4)

chippy3
[ chip-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪp i /

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

Origin of chippy

3
Both senses were first recorded in 1885–90; chip1 (compare chip on one's shoulder) + -y1

Other definitions for chippy (4 of 4)

chippy4
[ chip-ee ]
/ ˈtʃɪp i /

noun, plural chip·pies.British Informal.
a store selling fish and chips: I picked up some takeaway from the local chippy.
a carpenter.

Origin of chippy

4
First recorded in 1885–90; chip1 + -y2
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use chippy in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for chippy (1 of 5)

chippy1
/ (ˈtʃɪpɪ) /

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

Word Origin for chippy

C19: from chip (n)

British Dictionary definitions for chippy (2 of 5)

chippy2
/ (ˈtʃɪpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest
informal resentful or oversensitive about being perceived as inferiora chippy miner's son

Derived forms of chippy

chippiness, noun

Word Origin for chippy

C20: from chip (sense 12)

British Dictionary definitions for chippy (3 of 5)

chippy3

chippie

/ (ˈtʃɪpɪ) /

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

British Dictionary definitions for chippy (4 of 5)

chippy4

chippie

/ (ˈtʃɪpɪ) /

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

Word Origin for chippy

C19: perhaps from chip (n)

British Dictionary definitions for chippy (5 of 5)

chippy5
/ (ˈtʃɪpɪ) /

adjective -pier or -piest
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
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
FEEDBACK