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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Jenkins said recently, using his left hand to hold clippers and a comb because his right remains swollen and partially immobile. Akilah Johnson, ProPublica, "Medicare-for-All Is Not Medicare, and Not Really for All. So What Does It Actually Mean?," 6 Sep. 2019 Shafer, 46, is like a god in the world of origami with millions of views for his YouTube tutorials on making origami that spins, balances and explodes, as well as such intricate creations as a surfer on a wave, nail clippers and a Swiss Army knife. Carolyn Said,, "Origami-Palooza draws avid folders to Japantown," 25 Aug. 2019 In 1935, Noonan was named the Navigation Officer for Pan American’s clipper service, largely working on the Martin M-130 flying boat China Clipper. Fox News, "Who was Fred Noonan, Amelia Earhart's navigator?," 24 Aug. 2019 Humanitarian workers found the prohibition on sending metal to North Korea was so strictly enforced, nail clippers were removed from their shipments. Anna Fifield, Washington Post, "Chinese traders prepare for rush into North Korea. But sanctions still stand in the way.," 9 Aug. 2019 Just something to cut their leader after tying on a fly – nail clippers of a pair of scissors. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Bass on the Fly: Your gear guide for tackling this new take on bass fishing," 10 June 2019 Personal care: Perfumes, makeup, shampoo, deodorant, bath salts, soap, hair clippers, petroleum jelly and sunscreen. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, "When new, higher tariffs are scheduled to start on Chinese imports and what may cost more," 23 Aug. 2019 Zachary Mauldin of Anaheim wielded the clippers during a lunchtime shearing event in front of the bank building in Newport Center. Daily Pilot, "Bank of America execs in Newport Beach trade their hair for board games for Make-A-Wish kids," 9 Aug. 2019 Deputies responding to a 9:02 a.m. burglar alarm found a garage side door damaged and its doorknob laying on the floor inside, next to a pair of gardening clippers. La Cañada Valley Sun, "Crime Report: 3 La Cañada homes burglarized while owners out of town," 31 July 2019

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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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