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 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, "How to Mosaic: 3 Easy Projects You Can Make This Weekend," 3 June 2020 This kit has flies, forceps, a 4-piece rod perfect for backpacking, reel, line, and nippers. Outdoor Life, "Beginner-friendly rods and reels to get you started fishing," 26 May 2020 Tweezerman Rockhard cuticle nipper, $26 at Melissa Magsaysay, Los Angeles Times, "How to gently remove your gel manicure and care for your nails at home," 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, "20 amazing gifts for beauty, makeup, and skincare lovers," 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, "Zombie Skittles That Come With Rotten Surprises Are the Candy Nightmares Are Made of," 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,, "From Foot Files and Toothpaste to an Inflatable Bed: See Zendaya's Favorite Postmates Orders," 11 June 2019 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,, "Queen Elizabeth II loses her last corgi, Willow, marking the end of a scrappy canine dynasty," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of nipper

1541, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Nipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of nipper

: a device or tool that is used for cutting something
chiefly British, informal : a small child


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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