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

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Both franchises were finding themselves then, from a testy Christmas matchup in 2013 in Oakland to a chippy seven-game first-round series just four months later that was won by Los Angeles. Janie Mccauley, The Seattle Times, "Fresh off loss at Golden State, Clippers return for playoffs," 13 Apr. 2019 Chief among those: a 33-year-old Brazilian named Fernandinho whose chippy, defensive ethos seems contrary to everything Guardiola’s soccer is about. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Manchester City Is Back in the Premier League Race," 3 Jan. 2019 Women's Hockey Semifinals: USA vs. Finland, 11:10 p.m. ET The U.S. women suffered a chippy loss to rival Canada in the pool play finale. Kathryn Lundstrom,, "Sunday Olympic Digest: Americans Get Some Silver; Alex and Maia Shibutani Are Back on the Ice," 18 Feb. 2018 Andrew Das: There’s the whistle on a fast-paced, regularly chippy but notably scoreless half. Andrew Das, New York Times, "England Shakes Its Shootout Curse and Saves Its World Cup," 5 July 2018 What New England did possess was the mindset to fight through a chippy affair even when aspects of its game sputtered. Owen Pence,, "Revolution hold off D.C. United," 1 July 2018 The game got a bit chippy in the second half after Utah defender Rachel Corsie took down Heath with a hard foul in the 69th minute. Jamie Goldberg,, "Christine Sinclair, Lindsey Horan lead Portland Thorns to big win over Utah Royals at home," 25 May 2018 Because Orlando City has conceded the first goal in 12 of 14 matches this season, the Lions are apt to be more desperate, more chippy and to commit more fouls. Mike Bianchi,, "Orlando City coach Jason Kreis needs to start winning, stop whining," 12 June 2018 Things got chippy several times during the first half and there were a total of five technical fouls and one flagrant foul assessed between the two teams. William Guillory,, "Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday carry Pelicans to sweep of Blazers," 21 Apr. 2018

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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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