nipper

noun
nip·per | \ˈni-pər \

Definition of nipper 

1 : any of various devices (such as pincers) for nipping usually used in plural

2a chiefly British : a boy employed as a helper (as of a carter or hawker)

b : child especially : a small boy

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Examples of nipper in a Sentence

She used the nippers to prune the bush. when I was just a nipper

Recent Examples on the Web

The obvious lesson from Uruguay is to get as many nippers kicking balls as possible, to develop their technical skills. The Economist, "What makes a country good at football?," 9 June 2018 The royal corgis have included a few notorious little nippers. William Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 18 Apr. 2018 The royal corgis have included a few notorious little nippers. William Booth, Washington Post, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 18 Apr. 2018 The counter space has a dizzying display of nail cutters, splitters and nippers, most of which are made by the Biancos. Kaya Laterman, New York Times, "A Brooklyn Go-To for Beauticians and Butchers," 4 Apr. 2018 Each video features someone slowly ripping a (usually ingrown) nail out of its bed with a pair of cuticle nippers (yikes) — an act medical professionals in their right minds would never recommend. Sarah Kinonen, Allure, "People Are Ripping Off Their Ingrown Toenails and Filming It," 26 Oct. 2017 Unknown nipper: Cedar Lane SE, 200 block, 3:52 p.m. April 15. Washington Post, "Fairfax County Animal Watch," 25 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of nipper

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of nipper was in 1541

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nipper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of nipper

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

: a small child

nipper

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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