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

Examples of clipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is the stuff barbershop dreams are made of: A weighted, cordless device with the muscle needed in a hair clipper, and the customization needed for beards and scalps alike. Adam Hurly, Robb Report, 12 Apr. 2022 An Alberta clipper is an area of low pressure that generally forms over the province of Alberta. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 8 Feb. 2022 An Alberta clipper is a fast-moving low-pressure system that moves out of the Province of Alberta in southwest Canada through the Plains, Midwest, and Great Lakes region, according to the National Weather Service. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 25 Jan. 2022 The freshness of the clipper’s cargo inspired particular wonder. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Feb. 2022 The weather takes a slight turn Thursday as a weak clipper system slides in from British Columbia, bringing the possibility of snow flurries early in the day. oregonlive, 23 Feb. 2022 The storm moving through Wisconsin on Thursday night into early Friday is known as a clipper. Joe Taschler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11 Feb. 2022 Another clipper system will move across the Great Lakes and interior Northeast on Wednesday, including a wintry mix. Janice Dean, Fox News, 2 Dec. 2021 The National Weather Service warns that a clipper system is expected to move through much of the area later tonight with most areas expected to see one or two inches of additional snowfall. Mike Rose, cleveland, 29 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of clipper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Apr 2022

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“Clipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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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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