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

blithe, blithesome, bright, buoyant, canty [British dialect], cheerful, cheery, eupeptic, gay, gladsome, lightsome, sunny, upbeat, winsome

Antonyms: Adjective

dour, gloomy, glum, morose, saturnine, sulky, sullen

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Examples of chipper in a Sentence


My, you're looking chipper this morning. She greeted me in a chipper voice.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Baltimore County officials on Friday clarified that a 20-year-old man who was reported to have fallen from a tree and was injured by a wood chipper was not cut by the blade. Cody Boteler,, "Critically injured man in Parkville wood chipper incident was not cut by blade, officials clarify," 21 June 2019 Saplings can be cut into manageable pieces with loppers, then fed into a wood chipper and turned into mulch. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Brush Clearing Tips and Equipment," 19 Apr. 2019 Time to toss this week in the wood chipper and move on to better things. Rex Huppke,, "What the (BLEEP) just happened? Rex Huppke's 'Week In Review'," 14 June 2019 For that matter, Warwick’s classic is, too, with the singer longing to return to San Jose’s friendly confines after being put through the L.A. wood chipper. Sal Pizarro, The Mercury News, "Does New Zealand teen’s new ‘San Jose’ song capture the city’s spirit?," 13 June 2019 Gas chippers will get you through small branches, typically up to 3.5 inches in diameter. Henry Robertson, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Brush Clearing Tips and Equipment," 19 Apr. 2019 Sharalee and her family not only completed an impressive, and unique, DIY project, but extended the life of a tree that otherwise would have been completely dug up and sent to the wood-chipper. Madeleine Bokan, House Beautiful, "Tree Libraries Are The New Tree Houses," 13 Jan. 2019 Engine Size: 208 cc Weight: 126 lb Likes: Solid construction, with a tool-steel chipper knife. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The Five Best Wood Chippers Available Now," 27 Nov. 2016 Three major contributors in 2017 were rookies drafted in that range (WR Cooper Kupp, OLB Samson Ebukam and S John Johnson), where a team that already has blue-chippers can find its middle-of-the-roster talent. Albert Breer,, "Sean McVay on Why the Rams Will Be Different Than Dream Teams Past," 5 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Some residents are placing paper bagged yard waste and chipper material in the street., "Aberdeen: No farmer’s market next week," 28 June 2019 From Home, Holland is a fun member of a chipper teen ensemble. Darren Franich,, "Spider-Man: Far From Home," 24 June 2018 The lady at Counter 11 was helpful, chipper, and the transaction was quick and painless. Sainted & Tainted Writers, Twin Cities, "Sainted and Tainted: This might be an unpopular thought right now, but here’s to you, Woodbury DMV!," 8 June 2019 The allure of his show comes with the reactions of his famous guests, who often break down and show a very different side than their usual chipper selves on the talk-show circuit. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Wednesday: ‘The Looming Tower’ and ‘Waco’," 28 Feb. 2018 The Palladinos revel in the quietly revolutionary, whether tackling the surprisingly chipper aftermath of Lorelai Gilmore's teen pregnancy, or the boys' club of 1950s comedy. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," 9 Dec. 2018 Free food provided by Amtrak has been served by crew members eager to help maintain the chipper morale. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "Amtrak Train with 183 People On Board Has Been Stranded in Oregon Snow for 36 Hours," 26 Feb. 2019 Despite being known for his hearty smile on camera, the chipper 64-year-old journalist struggled with his weight behind the scenes early on in his Today career. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Show Host Al Roker's Weight-Loss Journey in His Own Words," 26 Nov. 2018 The elderly men on the flight to Missoula were way too chipper with their fishing rods. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "I Ditched My Phone for a Montana Cattle Drive (and Finally Dealt With My Feelings)," 3 Oct. 2018

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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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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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