One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A bird or other animal which cheeps; especially a young partridge or grouse.
2Scottish and English regional (northern). The meadow pipit, Anthus pratensis, which has a plaintive call. Usually with distinguishing word. Now rare.
3Scottish informal. A kiss, especially a light one; a peck.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Randle Cotgrave (fl. 1587–?1630), lexicographer. From cheep + -er.
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