adjective Nautical.

(of a hull) having fast lines, with a high ratio of length to beam and a fine entrance.

Origin of clipper-built

First recorded in 1825–35 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clipper-built

Historical Examples of clipper-built

  • Would God that I were left alone to—but—nay, do not be alarmed; perhaps I am wrong, it may be a—a clipper-built trading-vessel.

    The World of Ice

    Robert Michael Ballantyne

  • She was a pretty, clipper-built, sharp-looking craft, but had made a slower run even than ourselves.

    Letters from the Cape

    Lady Duff Gordon

  • She was a clipper-built schooner, carrying fourteen guns, and a crew of one hundred and twenty men.

  • The modern cod-smack is clipper-built, with large wells for carrying the fish alive, its cost being about £1500.

    The Ocean World:

    Louis Figuier

  • The "Bella" was a full-rigged ship of nearly 500 tons burden, clipper-built, and almost new.