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 asa : a fast sailing ship; especially : one with long slender lines, an overhanging bow, tall masts, and a large sail areab 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
Recent Examples of clipper from the Web
Burglary, Southway Drive: A jewelry box, gold cross necklace, gold-and-garnet ring and hedge clippers were stolen between 9:45-10 p.m. from a house.
Under sail, the square-rigged Falcon evokes the magnificent clipper ships that raced across the oceans in the late 19th century.
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First Known Use of clipper
CLIPPER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of clipper for English Language Learners
: 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
CLIPPER Defined for Kids
Definition of clipper for Students
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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