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clipper

[klip-er] /ˈklɪp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that clips or cuts.
2.
Often, clippers. (often used with a plural verb) a cutting tool, especially shears:
hedge clippers.
3.
Usually, clippers. (usually used with a plural verb) a mechanical or electric tool for cutting hair, fingernails, or the like: He told the barber, “No clippers on the sides, please.”.
4.
Nautical. Also called clipper ship. a sailing ship built and rigged for speed, especially a type of three-masted ship with a fast hull form and a lofty rig, built in the U.S. from c1845, and in Great Britain from a later date, until c1870, and used in trades in which speed was more important than cargo capacity.
5.
Electronics. a device that gives output only for an input above or below a certain critical value.
6.
a person or thing that moves along swiftly.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English; see clip1, -er1
Related forms
unclipper, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for clippers

clippers

/ˈklɪpəz/
plural noun
1.
a hand tool with two cutting blades for clipping fingernails, hedges, etc
2.
a hairdresser's tool, operated either by hand or electrically, with one fixed and one reciprocating set of teeth for cutting short hair

clipper

/ˈklɪpə/
noun
1.
any fast sailing ship
2.
a person or thing that cuts or clips
3.
something, such as a horse or sled, that moves quickly
4.
(electronics) another word for limiter
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Word Origin and History for clippers
clipper
early 14c., from clippen "shorten," perhaps infl. by M.Du. klepper "swift horse," echoic. The type of fast sailing ship so called from 1830, from clip (1) in sense of "to move or run rapidly."
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Slang definitions & phrases for clippers

clipper

noun

A pickpocket: accused her of being a clipper, or pickpocket (1970s+ Police)


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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