- a small boy.
- Chiefly British.a costermonger's helper or assistant.
Origin of nipper
Examples from the Web for nippers
Historical Examples of nippers
Bluenoses have no use for nippers, as Britishers call apprentices.All Afloat
Also, the cable is brought-to when fastened to the messenger by nippers.
The surging or slipping of the cable when the nippers do not hold.
To clap on nippers closely, just at starting the anchor from the ground.
A policeman came in from the street and put the nippers on him.Halsey & Co.
H. K. Shackleford
"small boy," 1859, originally (1530s) a pickpocket who "pinched" other people's property; see nip (v.).