American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several small striped terrestrial squirrels of the genera Tamias and Eutamias, especially T. striatus of eastern North America.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name of the hackee or chipping-squirrel of the United States, Tamias striatus, and of other species of the genus Tamias (which see). The common chipmunk is a small striped species, about 6 inches long, with the tail 4 inches; it is reddish-brown in the upper parts, and has two white stripes and four black ones on the sides. It is abundant in eastern North America, and furnishes a connecting link between the arboreal squirrels proper and the ground-squirrels or spermophiles.
- n. A squirrel-like rodent of the genus Tamias, native mainly to North America.
- v. To speed up an audio recording, especially a song, to make the voices high-pitched.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A squirrel-like animal of the genus Tamias, sometimes called the
striped squirrel, chipping squirrel, ground squirrel, hackee. The common species of the United States is the Tamias striatus.
- n. a burrowing ground squirrel of western America and Asia; has cheek pouches and a light and dark stripe running down the body
- 1832; alteration (influenced by chipping squirrel) of earlier chitmunk, from older Ojibwe ačitamo˙nˀ ‘squirrels’ (modern ajidamóóg), literally ‘those who descend headlong’, from ačit- ‘headfirst, face-down’ (compare modern ajijibizo ‘he falls headfirst’, ajidagoojin ‘he hangs upside down’). The verb developed due to the high-pitched voices of the chipmunks in the film Alvin and the Chipmunks. (Wiktionary)
- Alteration of obsolete chitmunk, perhaps from Ojibwa ajidamoonʔ, red squirrel. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think a chipmunk is the happiest, cheerfulest thing I know.”
“This little bucktoothed chipmunk is still pissed because his team lost the cold war.”
“Another reason owners go the testing route is to uncover possible explanations for behaviors that might be inherited, such as herding people and other pets or rooting around in chipmunk or mole holes.”
“When I see a headline about “designer mice “, I stop reading and amuse myself picturing mice with top hats and canes perfoming “Puttin’ on the Ritz” in chipmunk-like falsettos.”
“Near the window where Spirit stood watching out, Kahlan called the chipmunk again.”
“In between, I check on the chipmunk, which is now expiring sadly on the downstairs rug, "Ms. Spar wrote, later adding:" The chipmunk has died.”
“In between, I check back on the chipmunk, which is now expiring sadly on the downstairs rug.”
“Alex was leaning forward into the window in front of him like a cat watching a chipmunk, except that the chipmunk was the size of a city block.”
“So, if one wants to avoid a (potentially) awkward social interaction (to say nothing of a spoken cliche), one should avoid the expression — or develop a quaint alternative, such as, "Let's just call a chipmunk a chipmunk, shall we?”
“Chipper the chipmunk will be your caddy and scorekeeper, so pick your club, and please replace your divots.”
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