Definitions

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  • noun Canada, military slang A soldier in the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps or in the Armoured Crewman military trade.
  • noun US, military slang, derogatory, offensive, ethnic slur A person of Asian descent.

Etymologies

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zipper +‎ head. From the leather helmets formerly used by early Canadian armoured crewmen, with a pattern of stitching resembling a zipper. There is also a folk etymology referring to the zippers on armoured-vehicle crew suits (re-purposed flight suits).

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1960s–1970s.

Examples

  • The only downside is that Mrs. Angus is now calling me "zipperhead" all the time.

    movie madness

  • Therefore, when Clint-as-Walt realizes that he has much more in common with his Hmong "zipperhead" neighbors than he does with his own family, it really will make sense.

    December 2008

  • Therefore, when Clint-as-Walt realizes that he has much more in common with his Hmong "zipperhead" neighbors than he does with his own family, it really will make sense.

    Two Quick Movie Reviews

  • Therefore, when Clint-as-Walt realizes that he has much more in common with his Hmong "zipperhead" neighbors than he does with his own family, it really will make sense.

    Two Quick Movie Reviews

  • I will caution that, to those of us offended by terms like "zipperhead" and "Mick" and

    Simi Valley Acorn

  • At the end of the story it is wonderfully non-racist but the fact old Walt says gook, spook, zipperhead and the odd sprinkling of Jew, wop and Mick will offend some people.

    “Gran Torino” movie review » Scene-Stealers

  • And, as for the zipperhead Angoid dislike of Rachel Getting Married, an outstanding movie: He's just worried about the Sooners getting the Boomer lowered on them by that bunch of thugs from Gainesville. posted by Mungowitz @ 1/08/2009 07: 37: 00 PM

    Two More for Zipperhead's List

  • As anticipated, the movie is something of a comedy, due in large part to an over-the-top performance by Eastwood, whose character, Walt Kowalski, a racist Korean War curmudgeon, is a living Dictionary of Outmoded Racial Slurs (welcome back, zipperhead!) and a grizzled, grumpy bear who actually growls when he's angry.

    Disgrasian: On Gran Torino and Christ Eastwood

  • And, sadly for zipperhead, there's reality: "I know what that is like," his aunt said.

    Generalizing to conclude that ALL members of the military are imbeciles would be unfair.

  • Gordo, as many across the country have known for far too long, is trying to impose his vision for the Canadian Forces on a professional and highly-competent officer corps that knows their business far better than the retired zipperhead.

    The legacy of Sir Sam

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