Open main menu
See also: Kipper

Contents

EnglishEdit

 
English Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia
 
Kippered "split" herring.

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Old English cypera "male salmon," perhaps related to Old English coper "reddish-brown metal" (see copper), on resemblance of color. Another theory connects it to kip "sharp, hooked lower jaw of the male salmon in breeding season," from Middle English kippen "to seize, snatch" but OED doubts this.

NounEdit

kipper (plural kippers)

  1. A split, salted and smoked herring or salmon.
  2. A male salmon after spawning.
  3. (military, RAF World War II code name) A patrol to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.
  4. (Britain, humorous, often with capital) A member or supporter of UKIP (UK Independence Party).
Derived termsEdit
TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

kipper (third-person singular simple present kippers, present participle kippering, simple past and past participle kippered)

  1. (cooking) To prepare a herring or similar fish in that fashion.
    • Charles Dickens
      There was kippered salmon, and Finnan haddocks, and a lamb's head, and a haggis []

Etymology 2Edit

Perhaps akin to Old Norse kjapt (briskly; impetuously), kippa ("to snatch; pull; jerk" > Middle English kippen (to seize)), kipra (to wrinkle; draw tightly), Norwegian kjapp (fast; brisk), Dutch kippen (to seize; catch; grip). More at kip.

AdjectiveEdit

kipper (comparative more kipper, superlative most kipper)

  1. (Britain, dialect) amorous
  2. (Britain, dialect) lively; light-footed; nimble
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Halliwell to this entry?)

EstonianEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German schippere, cognate to English skipper. Dialectal "kippar" is loaned from a Scandinavian language. Compare Old Swedish skipari

NounEdit

kipper (genitive kipri, partitive kiprit)

  1. skipper.
  2. Head of a small ship.

DeclensionEdit

ReferencesEdit