clip·​per | \ˈkli-pər \

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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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 Holmes and co-conspirators held the Independence man, identified only as C.H., at gunpoint in a basement, punched him and assaulted him with a hammer and tin clippers. Max Londberg, kansascity, "KC man known as 'Peckerwood' guilty of kidnapping, torturing victim in a basement," 10 July 2018 Black barbers in his Milwaukee neighborhood had been expertly wielding clippers to shape his friends’ ’fros, but couldn’t seem to tame his mop. Leilani Marie Labong,, "At the Culture of Hair salon, the mission is top of mind — and head," 5 July 2018 But the campiest souvenirs are the most memorable, including William and Kate bobble heads, a replica engagement ring, and nail clippers with a photo medallion of the glamorous duo. Scott Harrison,, "Royal Wedding: Souvenirs celebrating Royal Weddings," 17 May 2018 Items found on the sand included acrylic nails, a bag of costume jewelry, a belly ring, a fake mustache, a mascara brush, a mermaid purse, nail clippers, perfume samples and shampoo pump. Washington Post, "Mower, tooth in a box, Vishnu doll in New Jersey beach trash," 12 Apr. 2018 The six-year-old gave her father, Carey Hart, a hilarious haircut after taking clippers to his head. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Pink's Daughter Willow Gives Dad Carey Hart a Hilarious Haircut: 'When You Ask for a Fade'," 30 Mar. 2018 Francis, dialling in from his home office, was wearing a plaid shirt and sitting in front of a painting of a clipper ship. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "A Facebook Invite to a French Château," 24 June 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 \

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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