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chipper (adj.)

1834, "lively, nimble, active, brisk," American English, from northern British dialectal kipper "nimble, frisky," the origin of which is obscure.

chipper (n.)

"one who or that which chips or makes into chips," 1510s, agent noun from chip (v.).

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Definitions of chipper

chipper (adj.)
having a cheerful, lively, and self-confident air; "looking chipper, like a man...diverted by his own wit"- Frances G. Patton; "life that is gay, brisk, and debonair"- H.M.Reynolds;
Synonyms: debonair / debonaire / jaunty
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