Main definitions of chipper in English

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chipper1

adjective

informal
  • Cheerful and lively:

    ‘Eugene was feeling chipper’
    • ‘It was a tone at once chipper and woeful that suggested Maddy was a frail eggshell-spirited thing and had best be treated gently.’
    • ‘And that means you're not going to find that happy, chipper person you might have found in the '80s.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Jesus, no wonder I've been so chipper the last couple of years!’
    • ‘Normally, he was chipper and happy all the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He looked very chipper when he was in Paris, but less so back at the bunker.’
    • ‘Abruptly interrupting his deep thoughts was a bright and chipper voice that seemed concerned about him.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Again, he seemed quite chipper, so we reckoned that he'd probably thrown up whatever was disturbing his digestion.’
    • ‘Jamieson was in chipper mood about returning to his homeland.’
    • ‘We certainly feel a bit more chipper than we did three months ago.’
    • ‘When I left, she was chipper and perky and seemed in as good of health as ever before.’
    • ‘They're selling this as though it was this chipper comedy.’
    • ‘When we last spoke to Damien he was very chipper.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.

    • ‘Well we have certainly seen truckloads of myrtle logs go to 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.’
    • ‘Over 80 per cent of the wood taken will fall under the indiscriminate blades of the wood chipper.’
    • ‘The owners of San Diego County ranches where employees tossed live chickens into wood chippers won't be prosecuted on animal cruelty charges.’
    • ‘There is some suggestion that perfectly good sawlogs go through the chipper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper?’
    • ‘The wood trash section was run through a gigantic chipper; a big pile of damp-looking wood mulch lay around the back.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, it feels only slightly better than wedging your dogs into a wood chipper.’
    • ‘The easiest way to get rid of them is to chip them out with a weed 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.’
    • ‘Displays, literature and videos will also be available on Morbark's entire line of tub grinders, whole tree chippers, flail chiparvestors, screens and more.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘was that your friend there in the wood chipper?’
    • ‘Ex-con neighbor just pulled into his driveway with 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?’
    1. 1.1 A machine for chipping timber.
      • ‘Similarly, their use of balers, magnets, wood chippers, and other equipment typically used in the recycling industry makes perfect sense too.’
      • ‘‘It's much faster and easier than using chain saws and chippers or large horizontal or tub grinders,’ he says.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Most felling is done with a Hydro-Ax 511E, while cut trees are pulled to the chipper by Cat 525B skidders.’
      • ‘Fargo, inexplicably, is sometimes categorized as a comedy by those that find pulverized body parts in wood chippers to be delightfully droll.’
      • ‘Small birds can be killed by ‘maceration,’ which means they get tossed in something like a wood chipper.’
      • ‘The yard is full of gear: fellerbunchers, grapple skidders, two delimber debarker chippers, trucks, service vans and other assorted machines.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Put all second-hand computer equipment through a wood chipper and pretend it never existed.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Step One - Insert the tree into the wood chipper, being EXTREMELY careful not to bump the tree into any windows or expensive-looking vases.’
      • ‘The company's internal combustion engines can be found powering lift trucks, industrial wood chippers and stationary irrigation pumps among other things.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's the dog's fault, but she irrationally yells at me that I shouldn't use the wood chipper when I'm drunk.’
      • ‘If he has any trouble feeding them into the wood chipper, I'd be more than happy to help out.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For a finer mulch, run needles through a chipper or shredder.’
      • ‘Other power tools that are very popular include chippers and garden shredders.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2Irish informal A fish-and-chip shop.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A group had gathered outside the only chipper still open and youths full of drink-fuelled aggression eyed one another.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Instead of going home to mammy for lunch invariably the kids will hit the chipper.’
    • ‘It was a clean-up for bars, especially, and also for hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and chippers.’
    • ‘Follow it past the post office, past the chipper, past the strange shop with the begonias in the window.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Frances was an entrepreneur in her own right and introduced the first chipper and later the first self service supermarket to Kiltimagh.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He can't drink and he can't eat anything containing calcium, salt, potassium or phosphate, which rules out living in the chippers.’
    • ‘Late in the night someone mentioned going to the chipper.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are mini-markets and chippers full of cheap food all over the country.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The chipper will be closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Stephen's Day.’
    • ‘Some time later you get sent down for fighting in a chipper.’
    • ‘A number of young men and women, not from the area, went to the chipper after having had a few drinks in the town.’

Pronunciation:

chipper

/ˈtʃɪpə/