Definition of nipper in English:

nipper

Line breaks: nip¦per
Pronunciation: /ˈnɪpə
 
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noun

  • 1 informal A child: I was force-fed vegetables as a nipper
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    • There was a young nipper lying on the side of the road and the ambulance crew just picked him up and were away.
    • Do those with nippers at private school seek an advantage?
    • I used to go to Sherington school, just over the way, and there's no way that many kids were driven to school when I was a nipper.
  • 2 (nippers) Pliers, pincers, or a similar tool for gripping or cutting: using a pair of nippers you can chip away at the tiles
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    • To avoid damaging the face of the trim, pry nails out the back with locking pliers or nippers (end-cutting pliers).
    • Remove the nails left in the molding from the backside (so you won't damage the face) using nippers or locking pliers.
    • First, remove the nails left in the molding from the backside using nippers or locking pliers.
  • 2.1 (usually nippers) The grasping claw of a crab or lobster.
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    • In others, they are intermediate in size and appear to function as pincers or nippers, as in other groups of mammals.
  • 3An insect or other creature that nips or bites: mosquitoes must be some of the most voracious nippers ever created
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    • The card his previous owner had filled out stated he was untrainable, not house broken, aggressive, a nipper and biter, and had been kept in the bathroom all day while owners worked, walked twice a day and lived in an apartment.
  • 4Australian A burrowing marine prawn used as fishing bait. Also called yabby.
    • Infraorder Thalassinidea, order Decapoda
  • 5Australian A junior lifeguard.

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