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)

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 Layla’s having absolutely none of Khonshu’s BS, but when Teweret once again rears her chipper head, Layla’s a bit more trusting. Lauren Puckett-pope, ELLE, 6 May 2022 Lots of box checking of recent political headlines, but no real arc to the sketch beyond the co-hosts' chipper, dim-witted corruption. Andy Hoglund,, 3 Apr. 2022 And even with some irritatingly chipper new songs recorded in 1980 for side two, Hawks & Doves feels slight and unfinished. Al Shipley, SPIN, 18 Feb. 2022 Brian Kilmeade, Steve Doocy, and Ainsley Earhardt are chipper and glib spewing their conservative talk show propaganda, as always. Andy Hoglund,, 3 Apr. 2022 Looking alert and chipper, Mitchell seemed to run into a bit of trouble dealing with the teleprompter (leading to Raitt assisting her much in the way Lady Gaga did with Liza Minnelli at the Oscars). David Browne, Rolling Stone, 4 Apr. 2022 But Conan O’Brien likened doing a show that revolves around your life, your personality, to putting your bone marrow in a wood chipper. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 31 Mar. 2022 As chipper as Rudd and the cast tried to be, the truth is that contending with a new threat in a pandemic that has lasted almost two years has dealt a psychological blow unlike what has come before. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, 19 Dec. 2021 Society often urges people to conform to the qualities extolled in performance reviews—punctual, chipper, gregarious. Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2022 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, 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, 19 May 2020 And yet, beneath her chipper exterior, Twyla was the darkest resident of Schitt’s Creek. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, 8 Apr. 2020 The theme music is chipper as ever, and the circumstances have never been more dire. Darren Franich,, 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, 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, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of chipper


1590, in the meaning defined above


1806, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chipper


perhaps alteration of English dialect kipper lively

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16 May 2022

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“Chipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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