chip·​per | \ˈchi-pər \

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

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 In fact, Cameron himself began his career designing Ray Cook putters and chippers. Paul Daugherty,, "Paul Daugherty: One last chance for my old friend Ray," 19 June 2018 Authorities were called to the area of Rural Street and Newton Avenue around 2 p.m. after a bucket truck hauling a wood chipper crashed into a railroad bridge, Indianapolis Fire Department engineer Jason Kistler said. Holly V. Hays, Indianapolis Star, "8 children, 4 adults hurt in Indianapolis minivan crash," 25 June 2018 Count on a decent wine list and chipper, knowledgeable staff. Michael Klein,, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Tiger is once again one of the five best chippers/pitchers in the world., "U.S. Open Predictions: Winner, Sleeper, Tiger, Phil and More," 13 June 2018 Today, Meghan and Harry arrived at Dublin Airport looking chipper and excited to be there. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Are Matching (and Very Cute) in Ireland," 10 July 2018 The Sixers have Markelle Fultz, who could be the blue-chipper the Spurs could covet. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "7 vital questions left to answer in the crazy NBA offseason," 5 July 2018 Now Chaparral is in 6A and Saguaro in 4A, and the gap appears wide with Saguaro loaded with blue chippers. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Countdown: 50 things to watch for in the 2018 Arizona high school football season," 29 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Meanwhile, a host of overly chipper employees in blue aprons gave tours of the store’s wares based on con-goers’ personal plans for Purge Night. Devon Maloney, The Verge, "Purge supplies, Clone Wars tears, and shrimp cocktail carousels: the best things we saw at San Diego Comic-Con 2018," 23 July 2018 The young baseball players who gathered at the Lockport dome one recent Friday night seemed chipper enough when the game began. John Keilman,, "In search of an edge, some young athletes play tournaments that don't finish until dawn," 16 Mar. 2018 As fans streamed into the reserve level, a quartet of men in Dodgers hats — on a tuba, clarinet, trumpet and banjo — played chipper tunes. Hailey Branson-potts,, "Dodgers fans are so over last year's disappointment. Well, mostly," 30 Mar. 2018 Either way, talking about the tournament seemed to change Altman's mood into what could be best described as, relatively speaking, chipper. Tyson Alger,, "Oregon Ducks close Pac-12 slate with win over Washington, get ready for underdog role in Vegas," 3 Mar. 2018 Between R2-D2’s chipper adventuresomeness and C-3PO’s dweeby detail obsession was found the ethos of the original trilogy. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Soul of Solo Is a Droid," 27 May 2018 Chopping days The Woodworking Show, a traveling expo of seminars and demonstrations for the sawer/nailer/chipper/sander/finisher in your life, hammers its ideas home this weekend at the Milwaukee County Sports Complex, 6000 W. Ryan Road, Franklin. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "St. Patrick's Day parade, Sports Show and more to do in Milwaukee this weekend," 8 Mar. 2018 An alarm clock sounds, a chipper Victoria Jaiani enters, humming, carrying clothes for her real-life husband. Lauren Warnecke,, "Joffrey's North American premiere of 'Midsummer' is a 'Joy.' That’s its only problem.," 26 Apr. 2018 Servers don Mardi Gras beads and deliver frozen daiquiris and hurricanes against a backdrop of zydeco music and chipper, colorful decor. Malcolm Mayhew, star-telegram, "Tasting samples, 'lagniappe' add to appeal of The Lost Cajun in Mansfield | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 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)

: cheerful and lively

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