chip·​py ˈchi-pē How to pronounce chippy (audio)
chippier; chippiest
: aggressively belligerent
a chippy hockey player
also : marked by much fighting
a chippy game

Examples of chippy in a Sentence

a chippy, defensive fellow whose alma mater was the school of hard knocks
Recent Examples on the Web Above it, the chippy shelf holds additional finds, including a fishing creel. Kelly Ryan Kegans, Country Living, 23 Aug. 2023 But its stay in Australia got off to a rough start when its penultimate World Cup warm-up was abandoned after 20 chippy minutes that ended with Ireland’s Denise O’Sullivan on her way to the hospital with a shin injury. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 24 July 2023 A number of hard fouls and a handful of yellow cards created a chippy atmosphere, but FC Dallas was able to retain its quality from the first half. Peter Rauterkus, Dallas News, 22 July 2023 Aggressive defense around the perimeter led to a few chippy moments, but the Pistons outscored the Raptors, 27-17, in the final 10-minute period, and 12-3 in the final 2:34. Jenna Malinowski, Detroit Free Press, 13 July 2023 Adding a chippy stool and decades-old blanket keep this dining room inviting without looking cluttered. Jamie Lott, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 July 2023 Stepping in at halfback, Paulino scored a pair of second-half touchdowns to propel the South All-Stars to a 24-7 victory over the North in the 61st Agganis All-Star Football Game at Manning Field, a game that turned a bit chippy in the third quarter with four ejections. Cam Kerry,, 28 June 2023 Although Orlando City controlled the lead from the 12th minute, the match was a chippy, contentious affair featuring three yellow cards and a combined 26 fouls. Julia Poe,, 23 May 2021 Always chippy between these two, but more should be on the line for that third matchup in February. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, 8 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History


chip on one's shoulder

First Known Use

1944, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of chippy was in 1944

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Cite this Entry

“Chippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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