nipper

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n nipper a grasping structure on the limb of a crustacean or other arthropods
    • n nipper a young person of either sex "she writes books for children","they're just kids","`tiddler' is a British term for youngster"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Nipper (Zoöl) A European crab (Polybius Henslowii).
    • Nipper A fore tooth of a horse. The nippers are four in number.
    • Nipper A pickpocket; a young or petty thief.
    • Nipper A satirist.
    • Nipper One who, or that which, nips.
    • Nipper (Zoöl) The cunner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n nipper One who nips.
    • n nipper A satirist.
    • n nipper A thief; a pickpocket; a cutpurse.
    • n nipper A boy who waits on a gang of navvies, to fetch them water, carry their tools to the smithy, etc.; also, a boy who goes about with and assists a costermonger.
    • n nipper One of various tools or implements like pincers or tongs: generally in the plural. A form of grasping-tool or pincers with cutting jaws, used by carpenters, metal workers, etc
    • n nipper An incisor tooth; especially, one of the incisors or fore teeth of a horse.
    • n nipper One of the great claws or chelæ of a crustacean, as a crab or lobster.
    • n nipper Nautical, a short piece of rope or selvage used to bind the cable to the messenger in heaving up an anchor. Iron clamps have been used for the same purpose with chain cables. Nippers are now no longer used, the chain cable being applied directly to the capstan.
    • n nipper A hammock with so little bedding as to be unfit for stowing in the nettings.
    • n nipper The cunner, Ctenolabrus adspersus: so called from the way in which it nips or nibbles the hook. Also nibbler. See cut under cunner.
    • n nipper The young bluefish, Pomatomus saltatrix; so called by fishermen because it bites or nips pieces out of the menhaden, in the schools of which it is often found.
    • nipper Nautical, to fasten two parts of (a rope) together, in order to prevent it from rendering; also, to fasten nippers to.
    • n nipper A dram; nip.
    • n nipper A local name in Australia of species of Alphæus, a genus of prawns.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Nipper he who, or that which, nips: one of various tools or implements like pincers: one of a pair of automatically locking handcuffs: a chela or great claw, as of a crab: the young bluefish: a boy who attends on navvies: :
    • Nipper (obs.) a thief: one of the four fore-teeth of a horse
    • Nipper (pl.) small pincers
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
From root of knife; Dut. knijpen, Ger. kneipen, to pinch.

Usage

In literature:

Let this, Mr Nipper, be a lesson to you in future not to put off things until the last moment!
"Crown and Anchor" by John Conroy Hutcheson
Sugar Tongs and Nippers.
"Chats on Household Curios" by Fred W. Burgess
An' as I gets my living by the sweat of charitable ladies an' gents it don't do no harm to 'ave a little nipper alongside.
"Harding's luck" by E. [Edith] Nesbit
Tinkleby was a comical-looking fellow of medium height; he wore nippers, and had a perpetual smirk on his lips.
"Soldiers of the Queen" by Harold Avery
Lord Mark took in through his nippers these balanced attributes of Susie.
"The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2" by Henry James
Wire nippers and pliers will be needed for this work.
"Manual of American Grape-Growing" by U. P. Hedrick
If you won't come quiet I'll slip the nippers on you.
"Officer 666" by Barton W. Currie
The putting a yoke on the keys of your door, so I could not turn them with the nippers, was all useless.
"Stories by American Authors, Volume 2" by Various
We were 'hard cases,' all of us, even young Munro and Burke, the 'nipper' of the starboard watch!
"The Brassbounder" by David W. Bone
Yet Captain Cuttle, his friend Bunsby, Miss Nipper, and the inestimable Toots put in ample bail for this also.
"A History of Nineteenth Century Literature (1780-1895)" by George Saintsbury
Now one more question: I think you said it was Miss Renfrew who gave the alarm when the murder was discovered, Mr. Nippers.
"Cleek of Scotland Yard" by Thomas W. Hanshew
The nippers, hammer, and chisel and six drenched sailors disappeared down the conning tower.
"The Adventures of the U-202" by E. Spiegel
The bone-nippers answer better.
"The Dog" by Dinks, Mayhew, and Hutchinson
At that moment Smaly and Redy saw the Despoiler pass by, followed by the Young Stork, carrying a pair of nippers.
"The City Curious" by Jean de Bosschère
You know what you two nippers have done?
"Dave Dawson at Dunkirk" by Robert Sydney Bowen
But she's first-rate in her own line: gets the nippers on no end.
"The Triumph of Hilary Blachland" by Bertram Mitford
Nipper Nasmyth had been head of our school when Raffles was captain of cricket.
"A Thief in the Night" by E. W. Hornung
His hairy, bent legs carried his body in the center and he had poisonous nippers and wicked little eyes.
"The Frontier Boys in the Grand Canyon" by Wyn Roosevelt
We removed the nippers, and let the louse fall into the hands of its owner.
"Travels in Tartary, Thibet, and China During the years 1844-5-6. Volume 2 [of 2]" by Evariste Regis Huc
Then, grandpaw, he turns round to the baby again, plumb took up with them four new nippers.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates
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In poetry:

'E didn't seem no sorter size to me;
But yet, I speak no lie when I agree;
"'E is," I sez, an' smiles back at Doreen,
'The biggest nipper fer 'is age I've seen."
"The Kid " by C J Dennis
She sailed before the dawn, the evening found me
A sea-sick nipper hidden in spare sails.
I feared they'd drag me out and maybe drown me, —
The barque was trembling, dipping both her rails.
"Stowaway" by Bill Adams

In news:

AUSTINBURG TOWNSHIP — When Grand River Academy senior Ross Zepp sits down to breakfast and lunch every day, 2-year old Evan Nipper, affectionately known as "Jo-Jo," is right by his side.
Matt Nipper joined Columbian.com readers Friday Feb 24 to discuss heart healthy questions and screening teen athletes for heart conditions.
Nipper 's storm built slowly.
They slid down the court as units, two of them infiltrating the audience members ringing the performance, the other two curling up in the center over a black Labanotation diagram of one of Ms Nipper 's earlier video pieces.
A ROW OF NIPPERS , LOOKING OVER THE PEOPLE, WAITING FOR THE AUCTION TO START, AT THE MOORESTOWN MALL.
MAC and Nipper discussing the finer points of acoustic recording.
The history of sugar and Creole sweets includes a sugar cone, left, and sugar nippers used to cut it.
Nipper, Palace, Railsplitter or Coca-Cola.
Nipper said she never dreamed that what she considered a hobby would make her the now- renowned portrait artist of more than 30 world grand champion horses.
Drummer Jon Schwartz — now known to fans worldwide by his nickname "Bermuda" —was appearing on the Dr Demento Show out of LA.to discuss his band, Nipper.
Schoon advises against removing the separated nail with nippers or any other implement.
Sterling Nipper, World War II.
But Sterling Nipper had already turned the big 3-oh when his nation called.
Linda Nipper recommends a black eye pea salad as a great side dish.
Trustees Rose Condos and Jimenez voted no, but Trustees Jeanie Cardona and Nipper and the mayor voted yes, which was enough for the appointment.
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