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kipper1

[kip-er] /ˈkɪp ər/
noun
1.
a fish, especially a herring, that has been cured by splitting, salting, drying, and smoking.
2.
this method of curing fish.
3.
a male salmon during or after the spawning season.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cure (herring, salmon, etc.) by splitting, salting, drying and smoking.
Origin
1000
before 1000; Middle English kypre, Old English cypera spawning salmon, apparently derivative of cyperen of copper, i.e., copper-colored

kipper2

[kip-er] /ˈkɪp ər/
noun, Australian Informal.
1.
a young male Aborigine, usually 14 to 16 years old, who has recently undergone his tribal initiation rite.
Origin
1835-45; < Wiradjuri gibirr man
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British Dictionary definitions for kipper

kipper1

/ˈkɪpə/
noun
1.
a fish, esp a herring, that has been cleaned, salted, and smoked
2.
a male salmon during the spawning season
3.
(Austral, archaic, derogatory, slang) an Englishman
verb
4.
(transitive) to cure (a fish, esp a herring) by salting and smoking
Word Origin
Old English cypera, perhaps from copercopper1; referring to its colour

kipper2

/ˈkɪpə/
noun
1.
a native Australian youth who has completed an initiation rite
Word Origin
from a native Australian language

kipper3

/ˈkɪpə/
noun
1.
(informal) an adult who cannot afford to move away from his or her parents' home
Word Origin
C21: from k(ids) i(n) p(arents') p(ockets) e(roding) r(etirement) (savings)
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Word Origin and History for kipper
n.

Old English cypera "male salmon," perhaps related to coper "reddish-brown metal" (see copper), on resemblance of color. Another theory connects it to kip, name for the sharp, hooked lower jaw of the male salmon in breeding season, from Middle English kippen "to snatch, tug, pull." The modern word usually refers to kippered herring, from a verb meaning "to cure a fish by cleaning, salting, and spicing it" (early 14c.). The theory is that this originally was done to salmon, hence the name.

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