- a person or thing that nips.
- Usually nippers. a device for nipping, as pincers or forceps.
- one of the two large claws of a crustacean.
- Metalworking. dog(def 13).
- nippers, Older Slang. handcuffs.
- a small boy.
- Chiefly British.a costermonger's helper or assistant.
- Nautical. a short rope for seizing an anchor cable to a messenger from a capstan.
Origin of nipper
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Examples from the Web for nipper
I learnt to swim when I was a little bit of a nipper and went with the boys at school.Jack at Sea
George Manville Fenn
"Blessed if I ever see such a nipper," he said, over and over again.Harding's luck
E. [Edith] Nesbit
Why, when I was a nipper every morning of my life I had a cold bath, winter and summer.Dubliners
Mr. Nipper, the boatswain, sir, the last shot has cut him in two.
Rest easy a spell, Nipper, and I'll rest too, and listen how he does that.Pippin; A Wandering Flame
Laura E. Richards
- a person or thing that nips
- the large pincer-like claw of a lobster, crab, or similar crustacean
- informal a small child
- Australian a type of small prawn used as bait
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Word Origin and History for nipper
"small boy," 1859, originally (1530s) a pickpocket who "pinched" other people's property; see nip (v.).
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