Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that chips or cuts: a wood chipper.
  • intransitive v. To chirp or twitter, as a bird.
  • intransitive v. To babble.
  • adj. In lively spirits; cheerful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Pertaining to a lively optimism, high spirits, cheerfulness
  • n. (slang) A fish and chips shop, or more generally a cheap fast food outlet, typically selling chips and other deep-fried foods.
  • n. A deep frier.
  • n. A machine that reduces organic matter to compost; depending on size, whole tree trunks are reduced to sawdust; a woodchipper.
  • n. (smoking) An occasional tobacco user, or more generally drug user.
  • n. A machine that chips potatoes ready to be fried and made into chips.
  • n. Someone who chips (e.g. wood)
  • n. A sportsman who chips the ball.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To chirp or chirrup.
  • adj. Lively; cheerful; talkative.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which chips or cuts.
  • To chip; chirp; chirrup.
  • Active; cheerful; lively; brisk; pert.
  • n. A large marble used by boys in Scotland to chip at and scatter a row of marbles while standing at a certain distance. Also called a plunker.
  • n. Twitter; chatter.
  • To make ‘chipper’; cheer up.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air

Etymologies

Frequentative of chip2.
Possibly alteration of British dialectal kipper, lively.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Though certainly not the only chipping-away tools - some would hold that Honest Abe was the chief "chipper" - the rush to certify a non-complier / qualifier as commander in chief may turn out to be the most damaging yet.

    Victorville Daily Press :

  • First Impression: Dottie is described as a chipper and talkative older woman who’s sort of round, very sweet, and not really hip.

    5-Star Baby Name Advisor

  • But the overall mood of the show is, by far, less chipper, which is a compliment, not a complaint.

    The Seattle Times

  • But he sounds chipper, which is a good sign .... by Eric Earling, 02: 47 PM, 18 Comments

    Sound Politics

  • I spoke to him this morning, and he said he feels "chipper," although he had a central line put in last night, and that's been bleeding fairly steadily.

    Another Day, Another Hospital

  • But these two, who I respect a lot, had the impression of me as always cheerful, "chipper" if you will.

    Living Psalm 23

  • Wimsey may have only played at being the kind of chipper-but-clueless fop that Bertie actually was, but ultimately the codes of the Woosters and the Wimseys are one in the same.

    Animal control

  • A piece of paper is placed at the bottom of the diagram and blown over the diagram toward the top; or a small piece of glass or china called a "chipper" is used, the latter being nicked or snapped with the fingers.

    Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium

  • He continues to play until his "chipper" lands on a line.

    Entertainments for Home, Church and School

  • Where the "chipper" stops, draw a mark to represent a small round "o."

    Entertainments for Home, Church and School

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  • (CHIP.ur) n. A person who smokes cigarettes only occasionally; a social smoker.

    January 8, 2009