Main definitions of chipper in English

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chipper1

adjective

informal
  • Cheerful and lively.

    ‘Eugene was feeling chipper’
    • ‘When I left, she was chipper and perky and seemed in as good of health as ever before.’
    • ‘I was very surprised to find three messages, all from NDM, who was sounding very chipper and he was asking me to call him back.’
    • ‘But, oddly, I'm feeling rather chipper tonight.’
    • ‘They're selling this as though it was this chipper comedy.’
    • ‘Normally, he was chipper and happy all the time.’
    • ‘Jesus, no wonder I've been so chipper the last couple of years!’
    • ‘We certainly feel a bit more chipper than we did three months ago.’
    • ‘He looked very chipper when he was in Paris, but less so back at the bunker.’
    • ‘Spookily enough I feel rather chipper this morning.’
    • ‘‘Wow, you're sure chipper this morning,’ Alex commented on the grin plastered on his sister's face.’
    • ‘It's a shame that the lively antics and chipper music of the Max & Ruby series, combined with a minimum level of interactivity, weren't applied to this extra.’
    • ‘Abruptly interrupting his deep thoughts was a bright and chipper voice that seemed concerned about him.’
    • ‘Again, he seemed quite chipper, so we reckoned that he'd probably thrown up whatever was disturbing his digestion.’
    • ‘It was a tone at once chipper and woeful that suggested Maddy was a frail eggshell-spirited thing and had best be treated gently.’
    • ‘She hasn't had an alarm clock in 20 years (she's only mid forties) but she is up and awake and disgustingly chipper a full 3 hours before the winter sun.’
    • ‘Jamieson was in chipper mood about returning to his homeland.’
    • ‘But maybe these are fairly happy times too: this year Bélanger was spotted at a video shop and a downtown spaghetti restaurant, walking around in apparently chipper form.’
    • ‘And that means you're not going to find that happy, chipper person you might have found in the '80s.’
    • ‘The young woman looked over at him, and then flushed slightly, looking back at Dendria, who rolled her eyes, and shrugged slightly; the woman laughed, a pleasant, chipper sound.’
    • ‘When we last spoke to Damien he was very chipper.’
    cheerful, happy, jolly, merry, bright, sunny, joyous, light-hearted, in good spirits, in high spirits, sparkling, bubbly, effervescent, exuberant, ebullient, cock-a-hoop, breezy, airy, cheery, sprightly, jaunty, smiling, grinning, beaming, laughing, mirthful, radiant
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Origin

Mid 19th century: perhaps from northern English dialect kipper ‘lively’.

Pronunciation

chipper

/ˈtʃɪpə/

Main definitions of chipper in English

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chipper2

noun

  • 1A person or thing that turns something into chips.

    • ‘Use an ice chipper, a lawn edging tool, or a spade to scrape off grass or weeds encroaching on the driveway or inhabiting any cracks.’
    • ‘The wood trash section was run through a gigantic chipper; a big pile of damp-looking wood mulch lay around the back.’
    • ‘Head groundsman Ralph White manned the chipper with two other groundstaff for four hours.’
    • ‘This hinge-and-hold method creates an impact condition shared by all great chippers: a slightly descending blow that produces solid contact, with ultra consistent trajectory and spin.’
    • ‘Well we have certainly seen truckloads of myrtle logs go to the chipper.’
    • ‘The easiest way to get rid of them is to chip them out with a weed chipper.’
    • ‘Displays, literature and videos will also be available on Morbark's entire line of tub grinders, whole tree chippers, flail chiparvestors, screens and more.’
    • ‘I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper?’
    • ‘Ex-con neighbor just pulled into his driveway with a wood chipper!’
    • ‘In the period 1992 to 2002, there were 31 occupational deaths from mobile chippers in users aged less than 20-to - 60 years of age.’
    • ‘The owners of San Diego County ranches where employees tossed live chickens into wood chippers won't be prosecuted on animal cruelty charges.’
    • ‘Over 80 per cent of the wood taken will fall under the indiscriminate blades of the wood chipper.’
    • ‘was that your friend there in the wood chipper?’
    • ‘A chipper provided by the council made short work of the redundant trees, which were taken away to be composted and used around the city's parks.’
    • ‘There is some suggestion that perfectly good sawlogs go through the chipper.’
    • ‘The rest of Jack's varied gear, from skidders and haul trucks to a fully stocked service truck, serves to keep logs going into the chipper at one end and chips coming out the other.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it feels only slightly better than wedging your dogs into a wood chipper.’
    • ‘And then I will tell you you must have the special chipper / shredder in the Palace where you found my money, okay?’
    • ‘Nothing better for the job than one of those little back-yard chippers (ANOTHER reason to get one!)’
    • ‘The other challenge is making sure the chipper has a constant flow of chip vans to fill.’
    1. 1.1 A machine for chipping timber.
      • ‘To make wood-chip mulch, tow a chipper to the brush pile you left in the woods and blow the chips right into the trailer.’
      • ‘‘It's much faster and easier than using chain saws and chippers or large horizontal or tub grinders,’ he says.’
      • ‘The yard is full of gear: fellerbunchers, grapple skidders, two delimber debarker chippers, trucks, service vans and other assorted machines.’
      • ‘After digging out a large root system, the machines loaded the reed into a Marooka, a rubber-track transport that hauled the material to a chipper for processing.’
      • ‘Fargo, inexplicably, is sometimes categorized as a comedy by those that find pulverized body parts in wood chippers to be delightfully droll.’
      • ‘Wootton Bassett Town Council has bought a wood chipper so that residents can take their trees to be mulched at the Borough Fields car park on Saturday, January 11.’
      • ‘The company's internal combustion engines can be found powering lift trucks, industrial wood chippers and stationary irrigation pumps among other things.’
      • ‘Most felling is done with a Hydro-Ax 511E, while cut trees are pulled to the chipper by Cat 525B skidders.’
      • ‘Similarly, their use of balers, magnets, wood chippers, and other equipment typically used in the recycling industry makes perfect sense too.’
      • ‘Small birds can be killed by ‘maceration,’ which means they get tossed in something like a wood chipper.’
      • ‘For a finer mulch, run needles through a chipper or shredder.’
      • ‘If he has any trouble feeding them into the wood chipper, I'd be more than happy to help out.’
      • ‘Step One - Insert the tree into the wood chipper, being EXTREMELY careful not to bump the tree into any windows or expensive-looking vases.’
      • ‘Stupid alarm, Livi thought to herself bitterly, complete with a lovely mental image of the irritating machine smashed to pieces and thrown into a wood chipper.’
      • ‘Other power tools that are very popular include chippers and garden shredders.’
      • ‘As the thin trunks are piled onto trucks, other workers throw branches into a chipper, which sprays thumb-sized pieces of wood into a dump truck.’
      • ‘For two years, he has saved infected trees from the chipper and processed the wood for lumber under the banner of his own company Last-Chance Logs, founded for this purpose.’
      • ‘Maintenance costs of chippers tend to be higher, however, because their knives can't tolerate rocks, metal, and other contaminants the way that the hammer-mill grinders can.’
      • ‘It's the dog's fault, but she irrationally yells at me that I shouldn't use the wood chipper when I'm drunk.’
      • ‘Put all second-hand computer equipment through a wood chipper and pretend it never existed.’
  • 2Irish informal A fish-and-chip shop.

    • ‘Frances was an entrepreneur in her own right and introduced the first chipper and later the first self service supermarket to Kiltimagh.’
    • ‘The chipper will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Stephen's Day.’
    • ‘He explained that earlier, there had been a disagreement at a chipper - not involving him - and others involved had come back and he had been hit.’
    • ‘Some time later you get sent down for fighting in a chipper.’
    • ‘He can't drink and he can't eat anything containing calcium, salt, potassium or phosphate, which rules out living in the chippers.’
    • ‘‘It isn't as if I am suddenly opening the floodgates and letting the country be saturated in café bars,’ he said, adding that the new licences would not be given to takeaway restaurants and chippers.’
    • ‘The era of the green car, powered by fuel made from plants or used cooking oil from the local chipper, is coming that bit nearer.’
    • ‘Instead of going home to mammy for lunch invariably the kids will hit the chipper.’
    • ‘Follow it past the post office, past the chipper, past the strange shop with the begonias in the window.’
    • ‘Queues were the order of the night; for the toilets, for the chipper and, more importantly, for the beer, as the Heineken and Murphy's tent was well attended for most of the night.’
    • ‘There are mini-markets and chippers full of cheap food all over the country.’
    • ‘It gave the referee a moment's reprieve from the home fans' incessant abuse but the chipper's proprietor seemed less impressed with the intrusion.’
    • ‘It was a clean-up for bars, especially, and also for hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and chippers.’
    • ‘The Northern visitor said it was basically the same attitude when they went to two other town centre bars and a chipper on the same night.’
    • ‘In the great tradition he's been named Lucky Luciano and amazingly for an Italian he's not here working in a chipper owned by his uncle.’
    • ‘A number of young men and women, not from the area, went to the chipper after having had a few drinks in the town.’
    • ‘A group had gathered outside the only chipper still open and youths full of drink-fuelled aggression eyed one another.’
    • ‘Late in the night someone mentioned going to the chipper.’
    • ‘To a generation of Irish people, the name Bruce Lee conjures up images of young men in denim throwing high kicks at each other outside the local chipper at closing time.’

Pronunciation

chipper

/ˈtʃɪpə/