nip·​per | \ ˈni-pər How to pronounce nipper (audio) \

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 This Sephora kit has affordable essentials, from nail clippers to files to a cuticle nipper. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 19 July 2022 Australian scientists have used eDNA to investigate what kind of creatures live in the caves under Christmas Island, revealing a diverse community that includes a type of fish called snook, yellow nipper crabs, and freshwater jellyfish. James Gaines, Wired, 12 Feb. 2022 Always wear safety glasses when using nippers, and sand sharp cut edges with Fine-Grit Sandpaper ($3, The Home Depot). Kim Hutchison, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 June 2020 This kit has flies, forceps, a 4-piece rod perfect for backpacking, reel, line, and nippers. Outdoor Life, 26 May 2020 Tweezerman Rockhard cuticle nipper, $26 at Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2020 This 18-piece one from Esarora features cosmetic scissors, tweezers, nail clippers, cuticle pushers and nippers, and more. Jessica Kasparian, USA TODAY, 22 Oct. 2019 If this spawns a generation of young nippers with a taste for human flesh, that’s on you Skittles. Melissa Locker, Time, 6 Aug. 2019 On one particular day, the Smallfoot actress ordered some hygiene must-haves from CVS Pharmacy, including mascara, a foot file, a cuticle nipper, body polish, and three types of nail polish. Tomás Mier,, 11 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of nipper

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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26 Jul 2022

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“Nipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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nip·​per | \ ˈnip-ər How to pronounce nipper (audio) \

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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