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chipper1

[chip-er] /ˈtʃɪp ər/
adjective
1.
marked by or being in sprightly good humor and health.
Origin of chipper1
1830-1840
1830-40; of uncertain origin
Synonyms
jaunty, peppy, pert.

chipper2

[chip-er] /ˈtʃɪp ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to chirp or twitter.
2.
to chatter or babble.
Origin
1705-15; chip2 + -er6

chipper3

[chip-er] /ˈtʃɪp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that chips or cuts.
2.
a machine that grinds up logs, tree trunks, discarded Christmas trees, etc., into wood chips.
3.
Slang. a person who uses narcotic drugs only occasionally or in small doses.
Origin
1505-15; chip1 + -er1
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  • While the Cave-men looked at the wolf, chipper told them what had happened.

    The Later Cave-Men Katharine Elizabeth Dopp
  • He's feeling so chipper that, if it wasn't that I swore he shouldn't, he'd have got out of bed by this time.

    The Rise of Roscoe Paine Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He was bundled up in a raincoat, and seemed as chipper as a clam at high tide.

    The Eight-Oared Victors Lester Chadwick
  • A remark which inflamed Cooper, in spite of chipper's pretense that he did not hear it.

  • They wuz as chipper as ever, a-runnin' down the idee of women settin', before they got half through dinner.

    Samantha Among the Brethren, Part 5. Josiah Allen's Wife (Marietta Holley)
British Dictionary definitions for chipper

chipper1

/ˈtʃɪpə/
adjective (informal)
1.
cheerful; lively
2.
smartly dressed

chipper2

/ˈtʃɪpər/
noun
1.
(Irish & Scot, informal) a fish-and-chip shop
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Word Origin and History for chipper
adj.

1834, "lively, nimble," American English, from northern British dialectal kipper "nimble, frisky," the origin of which is obscure.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for chipper

chipper 1

noun

An occasional, nonaddicted user of narcotics; joy-popper: Amy, who is only a ''chipper,'' wanted to meet somebody

[1960s+ Narcotics; fr chip, ''small quantity, bit'']

chipper 2

adjective

Energetic and jaunty; lively; perky

[1830s+; fr British dialect kipper]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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