Etymology
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nipper (n.)

"small boy," 1859, originally specifically one who does errands and chores for a gang of workmen (1851), perhaps from the canting sense "pickpocket, one who 'pinches' other people's property" (1530s; see nip (v.)). Nippers "pincer-like tool with cutting jaws," used by metal-workers, wire-drawers, etc., is from 1540s.

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Definitions of nipper

nipper (n.)
a young person of either sex;
Synonyms: child / kid / youngster / minor / shaver / small fry / tiddler / tike / tyke / fry / nestling
nipper (n.)
a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods;
Synonyms: claw / chela / pincer
From wordnet.princeton.edu