chip·​per | \ ˈchi-pər How to pronounce chipper (audio) \

Definition of chipper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that chips a wood chipper



Definition of chipper (Entry 2 of 2)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for chipper

Synonyms: Adjective

Antonyms: Adjective

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Examples of chipper in a Sentence

Adjective My, you're looking chipper this morning. She greeted me in a chipper voice.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Through the pandemic, Mr. Dinh left chipper comments on other lawyers’ job announcements on LinkedIn. New York Times, "The Lawyer Behind the Throne at Fox," 4 Apr. 2021 On one level, the movie chronicles the phases of her chipper, inquisitive father’s decline: losing access to his car, moving from his Seattle home into Ms. Johnson’s one-bedroom New York apartment. John Jurgensen, WSJ, "How Movies like ‘The Father’ Helped Me Understand My Mother’s Alzheimer’s," 24 Feb. 2021 He’s been taken in by P.W. and Tracy, a fundamentalist Christian pastor and his chipper wife, who live in a tiny and heavily religious town called Salvation City. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "A Novel for Life After the Pandemic," 25 Mar. 2021 The mounting bolts that secure the axle assembly to the mainframe structure of the brush chipper may not have been tightened properly. Detroit Free Press, "Car recalls for March 11-18," 20 Mar. 2021 Texas added another in-state blue-chipper to its 2022 class Sunday with the verbal commitment of Aledo safety Bryan Allen Jr. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas continues stacking 2022 class with 4-star S Bryan Allen Jr.," 28 Feb. 2021 There was also a set of tangerine MacGregor golf balls and a chipper of a different brand., "'I'm afraid to leave. I'm afraid to fail': Homeless for 6 years, Darlene wants to get off the streets ... or does she?," 22 Feb. 2021 While the writing takes a back seat to the boasting, Bennett sells his nice, chipper drunk who is only briefly haunted by moments of crippling self-consciousness. Matthew Love, Vulture, "Saturday Night Live Recap: Regina King Is Horny for Corny," 14 Feb. 2021 Is this chipper prodigy — with the patchy goatee, a devotion to family game nights and an aversion to controversy — ready for today’s NBA? Washington Post, "Deni Avdija is ‘the greatest talent in Israeli basketball history.’ But is he ready for the NBA?," 30 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The super-chipper T.A. who serves as her driver and cheerleader (Rammel Chan) deposits Kate at a B&B whose snarling proprietor (Cindy Gold) seems to have chosen the wrong line of business. Sheri Linden, The Hollywood Reporter, "'I Used to Go Here': Film Review," 5 Aug. 2020 The chipper Brydon, recommitted to his family after his infidelities in the second installment, is enjoying greater professional success. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, "The End of The Trip," 19 May 2020 And yet, beneath her chipper exterior, Twyla was the darkest resident of Schitt’s Creek. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The “Schitt’s Creek” Series Finale: The Vindication of Twyla," 8 Apr. 2020 The theme music is chipper as ever, and the circumstances have never been more dire. Darren Franich,, "The Parks and Recreation reunion really was something special: Review," 1 May 2020 Conducting a press call on Wednesday, Zuckerberg, who is normally chipper when announcing fixes to problems, seemed subdued when announcing a series of moves designed to provide coronavirus information, and suppress misinformation, on his platform. Steven Levy, Wired, "Has the Coronavirus Killed the Techlash?," 20 Mar. 2020 But all of that melts away as Russell's chipper perspective on impending doom lights up with glowing, glossy eyes and a lively, constantly expressive look on his face. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Half-Life: Alyx review: The greatest VR adventure game yet—and then some," 23 Mar. 2020 Molly’s chipper good nature is a start, but the role feels more sketch-comic than fully realized. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Emma Thompson outstanding, but ‘Late Night’ disappoints," 13 June 2019 The team writes for the that many of these cues are vocal, like the chipper whistles of dolphins or the haunting songs of humpback whales. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "In a First, Scientists Film Wild Grey Seals Clapping to Show Their Strength," 6 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of chipper


1513, in the meaning defined above


1822, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chipper


perhaps alteration of English dialect kipper lively

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The first known use of chipper was in 1513

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22 Apr 2021

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“Chipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chipper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a piece of equipment that is used to cut wood (such as tree branches) into small pieces



English Language Learners Definition of chipper (Entry 2 of 2)

informal + somewhat old-fashioned : cheerful and lively

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