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 The big, chippy defenseman slammed a 2-on-1 feed into Tuukka Rask, but Chara, trying to cover a loose rebound against Rask’s skate, couldn’t hold it when Johan Larsson bumped him., "DeBrusk was cruising in front to tip a Steven Kampfer drive, and was similarly fortunate on the next. On a rush down the left wing, his sharp-angle shot on Buffalo goalie Linus Ullmark squeaked through the short side.," 31 Dec. 2019 Their chippy game against Milwaukee on Wednesday and postgame comments by reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo placed the Pistons' style of play under a national microscope. Dana Gauruder, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Pistons' Dwane Casey cringes at 'dirty' play claim from Giannis Antetokounmpo," 6 Dec. 2019 What followed was two hours during which the lefty front-runners on the stage—Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren—beat back chippy attacks from the half dozen moderate challengers around them. Eric Lach, The New Yorker, "CNN’s Nonstop Hunt for Drama at the Democratic Debate," 31 July 2019 The Blues gained another advantage in the period on McAvoy’s tripping penalty, but St. Louis couldn’t generate anything on chippy ice that made the puck bounce all night. Curtis Zupke,, "Stanley Cup Final: Bruins defeat Blues to force Game 7," 9 June 2019 Cornerback Kobe Williams said the game was unusually physical and even chippy. Matthew Coles, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Moss sets record, leads No. 13 Utah past No. 17 Arizona St," 19 Oct. 2019 The chippy fourth quarter belonged to Dallas and Prescott, who finished 22 of 35 for 257 yards. oregonlive, "Dallas Cowboys roll past the New York Giants: Recap, score, stats and more," 4 Nov. 2019 Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn accused Monarch of some chippy play during the contest that led to an ejection of one of his players late in the game. Gary Curreri,, "Knighton, Pratt key Deerfield dominance of Monarch," 26 Oct. 2019 The resulting game was a grind-it-out affair, and increasingly chippy in the muggy afternoon sun. Daily Pilot, "John Humphreys plays in second half, lifts Corona del Mar football to win at Palos Verdes," 6 Sep. 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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The first known use of chippy was in 1898

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17 Feb 2020

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“Chippy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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