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

Definition of chipper

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: one that chips a wood chipper



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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 So interesting that the sub decides to take the phones of every student and put them in the wood chipper before tackling the landscaper. Shannon Carlin,, "Ozark Season 3 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-10," 30 Mar. 2020 The videos are hosted by Principal Stan Stokley, who serves up a chipper, can-do take on the day’s assignments each morning. Amber Sutton, al, "This Alabama school is inspiring students everywhere with motivational morning videos," 19 Mar. 2020 Electric chippers are lighter and easier to move, and better suited for small projects and shredding leaves. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Wood Chipper," 2 Mar. 2020 Easier said than done, of course, in a sport that puts the rank-and-file through an 82-game wood chipper for six months and then starts the clock on a grueling two-month postseason. Kevin Paul Dupont,, "Here are three areas the Bruins need to work on in the second half," 27 Jan. 2020 Christmas trees Natural Christmas trees can be sent to a recycling center, as many places can put them through a wood chipper to be turned into compost and mulch. Micah Walker, Detroit Free Press, "Here's how to recycle wrapping paper, other Christmas decorations," 27 Dec. 2019 Many places will also accept undecorated trees and put them through a wood chipper to be turned into mulch and compost. Elizabeth Wolfe And Saeed Ahmed, CNN, "Here's what you can do with your Christmas tree now that the holiday is over," 26 Dec. 2019 The first group was highlighted by a trio of out-of-state blue-chippers: defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche, offensive tackle Laremy Tunsil and wide receiver Laquon Treadwell. Creg Stephenson |, al, " All-Access: Remember when the Alabama-Ole Miss rivalry was interesting?," 26 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, Lowe befriended blue-chippers, like quarterback Marcus Mariota, and hung out with the walk-ons, channeling his inner, looser Martinek. Greg Bishop,, "‘Active Shooter!’ How Life Put Keanon Lowe Where He Was Supposed to Be," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 For a man who spent much of his career learning at the knee of Mourinho, Lampard’s style is unexpectedly chipper. Rory Smith, New York Times, "At Chelsea, Lampard’s Experiment May Soon Become a Test," 1 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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9 Apr 2020

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“Chipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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