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

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Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, sales of men’s hair clippers in U.S. stores grew 58% in the eight weeks ended April 25 from the year-earlier period, according to Nielsen. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "Do-It-Yourself Haircuts: The Pros Grade the Amateurs," 13 May 2020 JayR Millari—barber for NBA stars like Stephen Curry, DeAndre Jordan, and Blake Griffin—posted a YouTube video of himself teaching his wife how to cut his hair (her first time ever holding clippers). Shauna Beni, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best At-Home Beauty Kits and Treatments, According to Experts," 13 May 2020 Wahl 5-Star Magic Clip Cordless The Wahl 5-star trimmer also made the cut as the best cordless clipper on our best hair and beard trimmers guide. NBC News, "Most purchased home, tech, kitchen and apparel products in 2020," 4 May 2020 Nielsen reported that sales of hair clippers were up 166% and hair coloring sales were up 23% in the week ending April 4 compared with the same time last year. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020 During the first week of April, sales of hair clippers reportedly jumped by 166%, and hair-color products by 23%. oregonlive, "Petition seeks to open Oregon hair salons to one customer at a time; stylists say they’re facing ‘grave financial hardship’," 17 Apr. 2020 Clean pruning shears and clippers thoroughly before using them on another plant. oregonlive, "Oozing sap may discolor maple bark: Ask an expert," 26 Apr. 2020 Hair dye and hair clippers With hair salons closed, people are increasingly turning to at-home fixes. Dallas News, "Here’s what’s low or out of stock at North Texas grocery stores," 26 Apr. 2020 Trimmers are typically more compact than clippers and often include specialized accessories. NBC News, "The best hair and beard trimmer for men, according to experts," 15 Apr. 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 31 May. 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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