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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 of kipper1
1000
before 1000; Middle English kypre, Old English cypera spawning salmon, apparently derivative of cyperen of copper, i.e., copper-colored
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Examples from the Web for kippered
Historical Examples
  • I don't grow old any more than you do inside, in spite of my raddled, kippered face, and bones sticking out like hat-pegs.

    Dodo Wonders E. F. Benson
  • "kippered or mouldy or pickled, I will smoke one of them on the day you return," said he.

    Up and Down Edward Frederic Benson
  • At eight she has more tea, and generally a kippered herring, or a bit of cold mutton left from the noon dinner.

  • They had tea about six, and ate, each of them, a kippered herring and some watercress.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • He packed a good supply of kippered salmon, and filled his pouch with kinni kinnick for smoking in his black stone pipe.

    Mount Rainier Various
  • I ate a puffin by way of experiment, and found it tasted like a kippered herring, with a flavour of the dog-fish.

  • Bismarck herring, or kippered herring, acts in the same way.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • So our tins of camp pie and kippered herring and ox tongue remained unopened and we lived as we never had before.

    In Africa John T. McCutcheon
  • He sat up to the table; he drank two cups of tea out of the chipped enamel mug, and then he set to work on his kippered herring.

    None Other Gods Robert Hugh Benson
  • You never saw such a one, Sandy, my boy; she'll make you sing small with one look; she'll wither you up into a kippered herring!

    Thelma Marie Corelli
British Dictionary definitions for kippered

kippered

/ˈkɪpəd/
adjective
1.
(of fish, esp herring) having been cleaned, salted, and smoked
2.
(slang) utterly defeated or outwitted

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 kippered

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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