nipper


nipper

noun

  1. a person or thing that nips.
  2. Usually nippers. a device for nipping, as pincers or forceps.
  3. one of the two large claws of a crustacean.
  4. Metalworking. dog(def 13).
  5. nippers, Older Slang. handcuffs.
  6. Informal.
    1. a small boy.
    2. Chiefly British.a costermonger’s helper or assistant.
  7. Nautical. a short rope for seizing an anchor cable to a messenger from a capstan.

noun

  1. a person or thing that nips
  2. the large pincer-like claw of a lobster, crab, or similar crustacean
  3. informal a small child
  4. Australian a type of small prawn used as bait
n.

“small boy,” 1859, originally (1530s) a pickpocket who “pinched” other people’s property; see nip (v.).

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