from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A male salmon or seatrout during or shortly after the spawning season.
- n. A herring or salmon that has been split, salted, and smoked.
- transitive v. To prepare (fish) by splitting, salting, and smoking.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A split, salted and smoked herring.
- n. An RAF World War II code name for patrols to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.
- v. To prepare a herring or similar fish in that fashion.
- adj. amorous
- adj. lively; light-footed; nimble
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Amorous; also, lively; light-footed; nimble; gay; sprightly.
- n. A salmon after spawning.
- n. A salmon split open, salted, and dried or smoked; -- so called because salmon after spawning were usually so cured, not being good when fresh.
- transitive v. To cure, by splitting, salting, and smoking.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hooked or beaked, as a spent salmon. See the quotation.
- n. The male salmon when spent after the spawning season.
- n. A salmon detained in fresh water.
- n. A kippered herring; a herring for kippering.
- To prepare or cure, as salmon, herring, etc., by cleansing them well, giving them several dry rubbings of pepper and salt, and then drying them, either in the open air or artificially, by means of the smoke of peat or juniper-berries.
- Sprightly; gay; light-footed.
- n. A young man who has been initiated and is classed with the men of his tribe. See bora.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. salted and smoked herring
A kipper is a whole herring that has been split from tail to head, gutted, salted, and cold smoked.
Winter; but being stopt that course, or lost; grow sick in fresh waters, and by degrees unseasonable, and kipper, that is, to have a bony gristle, to grow (not unlike a Hauks beak) on one of his chaps, which hinders him from feeding, and then he pines and dies.
Only the first-years without older siblings were wearing our ties in this "kipper" style, which immediately marked us out as targets for ridicule.
We had to wear our ties "kipper" style for school photos.
At first they were hoping it was just the "kipper," the name London cabdrivers give the post-Christmas season, when business is slow because people are paying off their credit cards and taking it easy after the holidays.
It has been claimed his prison nickname was "kipper".
United Kingdom it is frequently smoked and grilled (a smoked herring is called a 'kipper').
"kipper" has every girl in the gallery in a tittering ecstasy.
The Suffolk sky hangs low and heavy, and from time to time there is the smell on the air of smoking fish, like every day here is kipper day.
In my desk drawer, at any point, you will find many cans of sardines and kipper snacks.