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

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 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 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

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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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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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a strong desire or propensity

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