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 With the exception of a brief, milder blip in temperature ahead of a clipper on Saturday, daytime highs are consistently in the 40s through the weekend of October 24-25, according to ECMWF. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Taste of Early November Into Next Week - Slushy Possibilities Up North," 15 Oct. 2020 UnderTow, a tiki bar themed space that opened in 2016, is designed to look like the inside of a clipper ship. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, "This famous Phoenix tiki bar is moving. Here's everything you need to know," 9 Sep. 2020 Golf carts are limited to single riders, golf cup clipper adapters will be used so golfers don't need to touch the flag sticks, and rakes will be assigned to individual carts instead of being left in various bunkers. Jack Williams, The Arizona Republic, "77th Arizona Open Championship to be cautious, competitive," 1 Aug. 2020 Use a straight nail clipper to create a neat line and avoid ingrown toenails, says Rita Remark, global lead educator for Essie. Dori Price, Good Housekeeping, "How to DIY a Spa-Worthy Pedicure at Home," 8 June 2020 Outside, workers gave the rust and white-colored animals a final clipper trim, preparations for their impending closeups. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, "National Western Stock Show: Reputation of Weld County family’s Herefords spans the globe," 12 Jan. 2020 For more stories and our pandemic tracker, see our coronavirus hub SOME THOUGHT a mirror and a pair of clippers from Amazon would do it. The Economist, "Things get hairy The global grooming industry gets cut down to size," 28 May 2020 But don’t just impulse-buy a $20 set of clippers on Amazon. Aaron Stern, WSJ, "The Best Clippers for Quarantine Haircuts? We Asked Barbers," 21 May 2020 Her team hands out toiletries (towels, wash cloths, shampoo, soap, conditioner, razor, shaving cream, tooth brush, tooth paste, deodorant, moisturizer, nail clippers, and combs), new socks and underwear. al, "Alabama engineer helping NYC homeless fight COVID-19," 20 May 2020

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First Known Use of clipper

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Clipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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