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Definition of "nipper" []

  • A tool, such as pliers or pincers, used for squeezing or nipping. Often used in the plural. (noun)
  • A pincerlike part, such as the large claw of a crustacean. (noun)
  • Chiefly British A small boy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "nipper" in a sentence
  • "The term nipper tipping is a combination of the WWII epithet for the Japanese and the childish prank of tipping sleeping cows."
  • "I am still front line and you know when a nipper is in danger and you know when to act."
  • "The practice has a name -- "nipper-tipping" -- the word "nipper," like that other n-word, being a racial slur."