[ klip-er ]
/ ˈklɪp ər /


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.


Origin of clipper

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

Related forms

un·clip·per, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clippers (1 of 2)


clips (ˈklɪps)

/ (ˈklɪpəz) /

pl n

a hand tool with two cutting blades for clipping fingernails, hedges, etc
a hairdresser's tool, operated either by hand or electrically, with one fixed and one reciprocating set of teeth for cutting short hair

British Dictionary definitions for clippers (2 of 2)


/ (ˈklɪpə) /


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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