chip·​py | \ ˈchi-pē How to pronounce chippy (audio) \
chippier; chippiest

Definition of chippy

: aggressively belligerent a chippy hockey player also : marked by much fighting a chippy game

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Examples of chippy in a Sentence

a chippy, defensive fellow whose alma mater was the school of hard knocks
Recent Examples on the Web North Carolina State, 23-21, in a chippy TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla., "Texas fires football coach Tom Herman, then hires Steve Sarkisian away from Alabama," 2 Jan. 2021 The game was chippy throughout with the two teams combining for four unsportsmanlike penalties — three of which went against Notre Dame’s Skowronek, Hayes and Flemister. Tyler James, The Indianapolis Star, "Notre Dame QB Ian Book's ascent beats Boston College QB Phil Jurkovec's revenge plot," 15 Nov. 2020 Both coaches said afterward that the game was chippy throughout and culminated in the scuffle. David J. Kim, The Courier-Journal, "Central beats Waggener in playoffs as game called early due to fourth quarter scuffle," 21 Nov. 2020 The game devolved into a chippy back-and-forth as Sporting KC pinned the Lions deep in their defensive third. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City holds off Sporting KC, extends unbeaten streak," 23 Sep. 2020 The opening faceoff between the two teams was chippy from the opening whistle, with the teams tallying a combined 29 fouls and five yellow cards. Julia Poe,, "Orlando City fired up for rivalry rematch with Inter Miami," 21 Aug. 2020 The game was chippy, with multiple players emerging from challenges with bloody faces and at least one shoving match. Kevin Johnston, The Indianapolis Star, "With coach and player of the month, Indy Eleven proving to be USL's team of the month," 16 Aug. 2020 The game between the division rivals got off to a chippy start starting with Lee's hit on Backstrom. John Wawrow, Star Tribune, "Bailey helps Islanders rally to beat Capitals 4-2 in Game 1," 12 Aug. 2020 Things get chippy in second half There was plenty of offense but the second half wasn't devoid of physical play. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons overwhelmed by Wizards, 133-119, without Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond," 17 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of chippy

1898, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chippy

chip on one's shoulder

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8 Jan 2021

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“Chippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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