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clipper

[ klip-er ]
/ ˈklɪp ər /
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noun
a person or thing that clips or cuts.
Often clippers. (often used with a plural verb) a cutting tool, especially shears: hedge clippers.
Usually clippers. (usually used with a plural verb) a mechanical or electric tool for cutting hair, fingernails, or the like: He told the barber, “No clippers on the sides, please.”
Nautical.Also called clipper ship. a sailing ship built and rigged for speed, especially a type of three-masted ship with a fast hull form and a lofty rig, built in the U.S. from c1845, and in Great Britain from a later date, until c1870, and used in trades in which speed was more important than cargo capacity.
Electronics. a device that gives output only for an input above or below a certain critical value.
a person or thing that moves along swiftly.
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Origin of clipper

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at clip1, -er1

OTHER WORDS FROM clipper

un·clip·per, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clipper

clipper
/ (ˈklɪpə) /

noun
any fast sailing ship
a person or thing that cuts or clips
something, such as a horse or sled, that moves quickly
electronics another word for limiter
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