nipper

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noun nip·per \ ˈni-pər \

Definition of nipper

1 :any of various devices (such as pincers) for nipping usually used in plural
2 a chiefly British :a boy employed as a helper (as of a carter or hawker)
b :child; especially :a small boy

Examples of nipper in a Sentence

  1. She used the nippers to prune the bush.

  2. when I was just a nipper

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First Known Use of nipper

1541


NIPPER Defined for English Language Learners

nipper

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Definition of nipper for English Language Learners

  • nippers : a device or tool that is used for cutting something

  • : a small child


Medical Dictionary

nipper

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noun nip·per \ ˈnip-ər \

medical Definition of nipper

1 :any of various devices (as pincers) for gripping, breaking, or cutting (as nails or cuticle) usually used in plural
2 :an incisor of a horse; especially :one of the middle four incisors — compare corner tooth, divider


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