Definition of nipper in English:



  • 1informal A child.

    ‘I was force-fed vegetables as a nipper’
    • ‘All this had an impact on the outside world, as parents vied to establish that their nipper was the cleverest and most loving and had the self-awareness of a Swiss finishing-school graduate.’
    • ‘I was only a nipper but I loved all the outrageousness and the scandalous double-entendres even then.’
    • ‘I used to go to Sherington school, just over the way, and there's no way that many kids were driven to school when I was a nipper.’
    • ‘One neighbour said: ‘I drove up my driveway after coming home from work and my nipper said that a house had been smashed up and there was a man with a knife.’’
    • ‘As a nipper she was academically disenchanted, but once she got a taste of stardom, the wagging tomboy became the perfect teen.’
    • ‘When I was a nipper, my parents used to use loose tea to make a brew.’
    • ‘I remember watching ‘Born Free’ with my mum when I was a nipper and being in absolute floods of tears.’
    • ‘Before you know it you'll be settled down with a wife and a couple of nippers.’
    • ‘It's a really great Italian family restaurant and I've been going there with my family since I was a nipper.’
    • ‘Do those with nippers at private school seek an advantage?’
    • ‘There was a young nipper lying on the side of the road and the ambulance crew just picked him up and were away.’
    • ‘Now that's really teaching values to the rich little nippers.’
    • ‘I was watching a children's programme with one of my nippers yesterday.’
    • ‘The best source for chips, when I was a nipper, was Brattisani's.’
    • ‘He works in a pub and has a little nipper of his own.’
    • ‘When I was a nipper this place was full of Russian troops, not Americans.’
    • ‘Basically, if the school implements the system it means that the nippers will have their thumbprints taken and then converted into a number which corresponds to each kid's personal details.’
    • ‘Yet Oxford does have a case to answer: how can it justify taking up to 45% of its freshers from independent schools when only 7% of nippers receive private educations?’
    • ‘Overall, I was in amazingly good health for a little nipper my age.’
    • ‘Baby brother comes home from NYC, wife and nipper in tow, and there's absolutely no need to do any catching up with him.’
    child, youngster, little one, young one, baby, toddler, infant, boy, girl, young person, minor, juvenile, adolescent, teenager, youth, stripling
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  • 2usually nippersPliers, pincers, or a similar tool for gripping or cutting.

    ‘using a pair of nippers you can chip away at the tiles’
    • ‘Always use sterilized toenail clippers, nippers or scissors.’
    • ‘To tile around pipes and wall mounted faucets, use a pencil to mark the tile where it needs to be cut and break out the marked piece with tile nippers.’
    • ‘Her list should include nail files, cotton balls, polish remover, cuticle pushers and nippers, and hand cream for everyone.’
    • ‘Use tile nippers to smooth straight edges and to cut curves.’
    • ‘End-cutting nippers feature powerful leverage for cutting bolts, wire and rivets close to the surface.’
    • ‘The chest pack absorbs everything you're likely to need thirty yards from the shore: a big saltwater fly box, extra leaders and tippet material, sun glasses, forceps, nippers, and assorted fly-fishers gear.’
    • ‘Remove the nails left in the molding from the backside (so you won't damage the face) using nippers or locking pliers.’
    • ‘Printed in Dusseldorf in the middle of the nineteenth century, it contains hand-colored lithographs of metalworking tools, coffee grinders, ice skates, nippers, files, and so on.’
    • ‘First, remove the nails left in the molding from the backside using nippers or locking pliers.’
    • ‘With tile nippers cut tiles to irregular shapes.’
    • ‘I carry a pair of Abel pliers and a good pair of nippers for cutting nylon.’
    • ‘To avoid damaging the face of the trim, pry nails out the back with locking pliers or nippers (end-cutting pliers).’
    • ‘Get a pair of good-quality cuticle nippers, and use them!’
    1. 2.1usually nippers The grasping claw of a crab or lobster.
      • ‘In others, they are intermediate in size and appear to function as pincers or nippers, as in other groups of mammals.’
  • 3An insect or other creature that nips or bites.

    ‘mosquitoes must be some of the most voracious nippers ever created’
    • ‘The card his previous owner had filled out stated he was untrainable, not house broken, aggressive, a nipper and biter, and had been kept in the bathroom all day while owners worked, walked twice a day and lived in an apartment.’
  • 4Australian A burrowing marine prawn used as fishing bait.

    Also called yabby
  • 5Australian A junior lifeguard.

    boy, schoolboy, youth, youngster, juvenile, stripling, young fellow, junior, whippersnapper
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