chipper


chipper

adjective

  1. marked by or being in sprightly good humor and health.

verb (used without object)

  1. to chirp or twitter.
  2. to chatter or babble.

noun

  1. a person or thing that chips or cuts.
  2. a machine that grinds up logs, tree trunks, discarded Christmas trees, etc., into wood chips.
  3. Slang. a person who uses narcotic drugs only occasionally or in small doses.

adjective informal

  1. cheerful; lively
  2. smartly dressed

noun

  1. Irish and Scot informal a fish-and-chip shop
adj.

1834, “lively, nimble,” American English, from northern British dialectal kipper “nimble, frisky,” the origin of which is obscure.

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