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nipper Line breaks: nip¦per
Pronunciation: /ˈnɪpə/

Definition of nipper in English:


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.
5Australian A junior lifeguard.

Words that rhyme with nipper

Agrippa, chipper, clipper, dipper, equipper, flipper, gripper, hipper, kipper, Pippa, ripper, shipper, sipper, skipper, slipper, stripper, tipper, tripper, whipper, zipper

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