clip·​per | \ ˈkli-pər How to pronounce clipper (audio) \

Definition of clipper

1 : one that clips something
2 : an implement for clipping especially hair, fingernails, or toenails usually used in plural
3 : something that moves swiftly: such as
a : a fast sailing ship especially : one with long slender lines, an overhanging bow, tall masts, and a large sail area
b or clipper system : a fast-moving, low-pressure weather system : alberta clipper … but that's just a taste of things to come as that clipper system moves across the Lakes.— Nick Walker

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Lawn mowers are particularly important to check, along with your non-motorized equipment like rakes, hedge clippers, hoses, et cetera. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "The Ultimate Guide to Prepping Your Home for Spring," 25 Feb. 2019 To ensure all goes well, use clean, sharp nail clippers (the standard drugstore variety for humans works just fine), and make sure kitty's relaxed and in good spirits before her manicure gets under way. Dr. Rob Sharp, Country Living, "Can I Cut My Cat's Nails at Home?," 10 Mar. 2010 China, North Korea’s biggest neighbor and trading partner, has been implementing the sanctions so stringently that nail clippers and whiskey-bottle tops have been blocked at the border, according to frequent travelers. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "South Korean leader looks for ways to help North economically without violating sanctions," 3 May 2018 Perhaps they were used to make the initial chop before he or a stylist (or maybe Baldwin?) took electric clippers to his head. Marci Robin, Allure, "Justin Bieber Finally Shaved His Head After Nearly a Year of Long Hair," 31 Oct. 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, start your clippers Just a little off the top, please: The fourth annual Midwest Barber Competition takes place at the Wisconsin Center, 400 W. Wisconsin Ave. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Things to do in Milwaukee this weekend, from Bastille Days and World Cup finale to historic Harleys," 12 July 2018 Idea #1: With a little ingenuity and some sharp clippers, basic bushes can become modern masterpieces. Sarah Bray, House Beautiful, "10 Breathtaking Gardens," 12 May 2014 Personal grooming for guys could become pricier since hair clippers and electric shavers are on the new list, as are items such as badger hair and boar bristle that are used in old-fashioned shaving brushes. Bruce Einhorn,, "Trump's trade war is about to hit home — and your home is no exception," 11 July 2018 Billed as the largest full-rigged sailing ship in the world, Royal Clipper is a true clipper ship of the sort that famously sped across the world's oceans in the 1800s. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "Photo tour: Star Clippers' Royal Clipper, an anomaly in the world of cruising," 9 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of clipper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of clipper

: a device used for cutting something
: a person who clips something
: a very fast type of sailing ship that was used especially in the 1800s


clip·​per | \ ˈkli-pər How to pronounce clipper (audio) \

Kids Definition of clipper

1 clippers plural : a device used for clipping hair clippers nail clippers
2 : a fast sailing ship with three tall masts and large square sails
3 : a person who clips

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