- 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.
- to cure (herring, salmon, etc.) by splitting, salting, drying and smoking.
Origin of kipper1
Examples from the Web for kippered
"Kippered or mouldy or pickled, I will smoke one of them on the day you return," said he.Up and Down
Edward Frederic Benson
Bismarck herring, or kippered herring, acts in the same way.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
They had tea about six, and ate, each of them, a kippered herring and some watercress.
I don't grow old any more than you do inside, in spite of my raddled, kippered face, and bones sticking out like hat-pegs.Dodo Wonders
E. F. Benson
He sat up to the table; he drank two cups of tea out of the chipped enamel mug, and then he set to work on his kippered herring.
- (of fish, esp herring) having been cleaned, salted, and smoked
- slang utterly defeated or outwitted
- 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
- (tr) to cure (a fish, esp a herring) by salting and smoking
- a native Australian youth who has completed an initiation rite
- informal an adult who cannot afford to move away from his or her parents' home
Word Origin and History for kippered
Old English cypera "male salmon," perhaps related to coper "reddish-brown metal" (see copper), on resemblance of color. Another theory connects it to kip, name for the sharp, hooked lower jaw of the male salmon in breeding season, from Middle English kippen "to snatch, tug, pull." The modern word usually refers to kippered herring, from a verb meaning "to cure a fish by cleaning, salting, and spicing it" (early 14c.). The theory is that this originally was done to salmon, hence the name.