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chip·​per ˈchi-pər How to pronounce chipper (audio)
: one that chips
a wood chipper


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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
Everett’s brow relaxes, his voice suddenly chipper. Maya Binyam, The New Yorker, 11 Mar. 2024 More chipper news: Free chips and dips with purchase One option for watching the game: Head to a watch party. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Feb. 2024 The update appears to be in response to reports from last year that the chipper 3D animations — which are turned on by default — could trigger in inappropriate situations like online therapy sessions. Jon Porter, The Verge, 8 Feb. 2024 Well, a pond and a tennis court and a wood chipper and a compost heap. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 12 Feb. 2024 Many cities and towns offer Christmas tree recycling services including curbside pick-up or drop-off locations where trees and wreaths are put into a wood chipper and turned into mulch. Anne Marie Lee, CBS News, 28 Dec. 2023 Already, Ed Hardy’s chipper version of death is getting old. Miami Staff, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Still others use trapiche mills, wood chippers or hydraulic presses. Tucker Harris, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 Directed by Walt Disney and his partner Ub Iwerks, the classic cartoon stars the chipper mascot as the whistling, rascally pilot of a steamboat floating down a river. Christi Carras, Los Angeles Times, 2 Jan. 2024
Wasn’t the entire point of season two making both the audience and Ted realize all the ways in which his ultra-chipper attitude and impenetrable optimism were a mask for decades of repressed sadness? Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Mar. 2023 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

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Word History



perhaps alteration of English dialect kipper lively

First Known Use


1590, in the meaning defined above


1806, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chipper was in 1590

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“Chipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: being in good health or spirits

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