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 Similar to its smaller brother in the Slimline Pro, this Andis clipper was fantastic at trimming hair, but fell flat in other areas. Kai Burkhardt, CNN Underscored, "The best beard trimmers of 2021," 26 Mar. 2021 Here's the weather outlook from AM Tuesday to AM Thursday, which shows a quick moving clipper diving through the region late Tuesday into early AM Wednesday. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, "40F Never Felt So Nice! Signs of Spring," 22 Feb. 2021 Some snow will move across the Upper Midwest, Great Lakes and interior Northeast as a quick clipper system dives in tonight through Wednesday. Janice Dean, Fox News, "Texas to experience drier conditions, above-average high temperatures," 23 Feb. 2021 Snow continued across the Great Lakes region into interior New England on Wednesday, as a clipper system sweeped across the regions. Adam Klotz, Fox News, "Temperatures are climbing in the South while parts of Northeast to see snow," 24 Feb. 2021 The Savage Mill primarily manufactured canvas, used for everything from the sails billowing from 19th-century clipper ships to cannon covers to backdrops for Hollywood silent movies. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Community Guide 2021: Savage," 20 Feb. 2021 Even persons accustomed to the best in air travel will find clipper accommodations a surprise. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "New York to Europe by Clipper: A Prelude to an Historic Flight," 30 Oct. 2020 No big storms are on the horizon, but a weekend clipper will pull another blustery shot of chilly air into Minnesota Sunday. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "Payback for December Last Week: September 60s Next Week," 27 Oct. 2020 The clipper will usher in some colder air across the region with temperatures running 10 to 15 degrees below normal in New England with highs in the 30s and 40s. Judson Jones, CNN, "Bad weather is one problem the 2020 election won't have," 2 Nov. 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 13 May. 2021.

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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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