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chippy1

[chip-ee] /ˈtʃɪp i/
noun, plural chippies.
1.
Also, chippie. Slang.
  1. a promiscuous woman.
  2. a prostitute.
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65, Americanism; chipp(ing sparrow) + -y2; def. 1 apparently derivative of this sense, or from chip2
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British Dictionary definitions for chip-pie

chippy1

/ˈtʃɪpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
(Brit, informal) a fish-and-chip shop
2.
(Brit & NZ) a slang word for carpenter
3.
(NZ) a potato crisp
Word Origin
C19: from chip (n)

chippy2

/ˈtʃɪpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
(informal) resentful or oversensitive about being perceived as inferior: a chippy miner's son
Derived Forms
chippiness, noun
Word Origin
C20: from chip (sense 12)

chippy3

/ˈtʃɪpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
an informal name for chipmunk, chipping sparrow

chippy4

/ˈtʃɪpɪ/
noun (pl) -pies
1.
(informal, mainly US & Canadian) a promiscuous woman
Word Origin
C19: perhaps from chip (n)

chippy5

/ˈtʃɪpɪ/
adjective -pier, -piest
1.
belligerent or touchy
Word Origin
C19: from chip (n), sense probably developing from: as dry as a chip of wood, hence irritable, touchy
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Word Origin and History for chip-pie

chippy

n.

"promiscuous young woman; prostitute," 1880, U.S. slang, earlier (1864) short for chipping-bird "sparrow," perhaps ultimately a variant of cheep.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chip-pie

chippy

noun
  1. A woman presumed to be of easy virtue; woman who frequents bars, public dance halls, etc: the same as in Storyville except that the chippies were cheaper (1880s+)
  2. A simple buttoned dress: A chippie is a dress that women wore, knee length and very easy to disrobe (1900s+)
verb
  1. To be sexually unfaithful to one's wife; cheat, get a little on the side (1930+)
  2. To take narcotics, esp cocaine, only occasionally; chip (1920s+ Narcotics)

[origin unknown; senses relating to women possibly from the chirping sound of a sparrow, squirrel, or other small creature, suggesting the gay frivolity of such women]


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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