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nipper

[nip-er] /ˈnɪp ər/
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.
  1. a small boy.
  2. 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 of nipper
1525-1535
1525-35; nip1 + -er1
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  • Claws and the marks of scales, Mr. nippers had asserted; and claws and the marks of scales the prints in the soft earth showed.

    Cleek of Scotland Yard Thomas W. Hanshew
  • Also, the cable is brought-to when fastened to the messenger by nippers.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • He found it to be the nippers with which the fence had been cut, lying in the bottom of the deep arroyo.

  • The surging or slipping of the cable when the nippers do not hold.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • A pair of nippers was supplied with each box of these "matches," by means of which the tip of the glass tube could be broken off.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • They must go hand in hand manacled to the end, let the nippers gall as they will.

    Iconoclasts James Huneker
  • A policeman came in from the street and put the nippers on him.

    Halsey & Co. H. K. Shackleford
  • The couple of American and English nippers, that stole a plane and all the rest of it?

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
  • It perches on a leaf, which the nippers of the mandibles cut half across.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • The whole blinking army's been talking of what you nippers did.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk Robert Sydney Bowen
British Dictionary definitions for nippers

nippers

/ˈnɪpəz/
plural noun
1.
an instrument or tool, such as a pair of pliers, for snipping, pinching, or squeezing

nipper

/ˈnɪpə/
noun
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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Word Origin and History for nippers

nipper

n.

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

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

nippers

noun

Handcuffs: A newly appointed policeman has to buy a pair of nippers (1821+)

nipper

noun

A small boy; lad •In British dialect, the youngest child of a family: warning that America's nippers are turning into microchip golem

[1859+; perhaps because he nips, ''moves quickly'']

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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