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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Chip"per
To chirp or chirrup.

Etymology: Cf. Cheep Chirp

adjective Chip"per
Lively; cheerful; talkative.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air ("looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit")

From English dialectal kipper (“nimble; frisky”), of obscure origin. Perhaps akin to Old Norse kjapt (“briskly; impetuously”), kippa ("to snatch; pull; jerk" > Middle English kippen (“to seize”)), kipra (“to wrinkle; draw tightly”), Norwegian kjapp (“fast; brisk”), Dutch kippen (“to seize; catch; grip”). More at kip.

chip +‎ -er

  1. (Britain, Ireland, slang) A fish and chip shop, or more generally a cheap fast food outlet, typically selling chips and other deep-fried foods.
  2. (slang) A deep frier.
  3. (US) A machine that reduces organic matter to compost; depending on size, whole tree trunks are reduced to sawdust; a woodchipper.
  4. (US, smoking) An occasional tobacco user, or more generally drug user.
  5. A machine that chips potatoes ready to be fried and made into chips.
  6. A company that manufactures potato chips/potato crisps.
  7. Someone who chips (e.g. wood).
  8. (sports) A player who chips the ball.

Compare cheep, chirp.

    Notable Persons Named Chipper

    Chipper Jones is a baseball player. Chipper was born on April 24th, 1972 in DeLand, Florida.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Chipper

    Eric Chipper is a football player. Eric was born in 1915.


    Fun Facts about the name Chipper

    • How Popular is the name Chipper? Chipper is the 21,442nd most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Chipper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 308 babies born with the first name Chipper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chipper to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chipper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1945 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
    • When was Chipper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chipper is Saturday, August 12th, 1916.
    • What year had the most people named Chipper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chipper was in 1964 with a total of 18 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Chipper: Your name in reverse order is Reppihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rphciep. How do you pronounce that?

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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