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kipper

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[ kip-er ]
/ ˈkɪp ər /
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noun

a fish, especially a herring, that has been cured by splitting, salting, drying, and smoking.
this method of curing fish.
a male salmon during or after the spawning season.

verb (used with object)

to cure (herring, salmon, etc.) by splitting, salting, drying and smoking.

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Origin of kipper

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before 1000; Middle English kypre,Old English cypera spawning salmon, apparently derivative of cyperen of copper, i.e., copper-colored

Definition for kipper (2 of 2)

kipper2
[ kip-er ]
/ ˈkɪp ər /

noun Australian Informal.

a young Aboriginal male, usually 14 to 16 years old, who has recently undergone his tribal initiation rite.

Origin of kipper

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First recorded in 1835–45, kipper is from the Wiradjuri word gibirr “man”
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British Dictionary definitions for kipper (1 of 3)

kipper1
/ (ˈkɪpə) /

noun

a fish, esp a herring, that has been cleaned, salted, and smoked
a male salmon during the spawning season
Australian archaic, derogatory, slang an Englishman

verb

(tr) to cure (a fish, esp a herring) by salting and smoking
Old English cypera, perhaps from coper copper 1; referring to its colour

British Dictionary definitions for kipper (2 of 3)

kipper2
/ (ˈkɪpə) /

noun

a native Australian youth who has completed an initiation rite
from a native Australian language

British Dictionary definitions for kipper (3 of 3)

kipper3
/ (ˈkɪpə) /

noun

informal an adult who cannot afford to move away from his or her parents' home
C21: from k (ids) i (n) p (arents') p (ockets) e (roding) r (etirement) (savings)
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