nipper

nipper

[nip-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that nips.
2.
Usually, nippers. a device for nipping, as pincers or forceps.
3.
one of the two large claws of a crustacean.
4.
Metalworking. dog ( def 13 ).
5.
nippers, Older Slang. handcuffs.
6.
Informal.
a.
a small boy.
b.
Chiefly British. a costermonger's helper or assistant.
7.
Nautical. a short rope for seizing an anchor cable to a messenger from a capstan.

Origin:
1525–35; nip1 + -er1

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nipper (ˈnɪpə)
 
n
1.  a person or thing that nips
2.  the large pincer-like claw of a lobster, crab, or similar crustacean
3.  informal a small child
4.  (Austral) a type of small prawn used as bait

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nipper
"small boy," 1859, originally (1530s) a pickpocket who "pinched" other people's property; see nip (v.).
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