Nippers



[nip-er] /ˈnɪp ər/

noun
1.
a person or thing that nips.
2.
Usually, nippers. a device for nipping, as pincers or forceps.
3.
one of the two large claws of a crustacean.
4.
Metalworking. (def 13).
5.
nippers, Older Slang. .
6.
Informal.

7.
Nautical. a short rope for seizing an anchor cable to a messenger from a capstan.
/ˈnɪpəz/
plural noun
1.
an instrument or tool, such as a pair of pliers, for snipping, pinching, or squeezing
/ˈnɪpə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that nips
2.
the large pincer-like claw of a lobster, crab, or similar crustacean
3.
(informal) a small child
4.
(Austral) a type of small prawn used as bait
n.

“small boy,” 1859, originally (1530s) a pickpocket who “pinched” other people’s property; see nip (v.).

noun

Handcuffs: A newly appointed policeman has to buy a pair of nippers (1821+)

noun

A small boy; lad •In British dialect, the youngest child of a family: warning that America’s nippers are turning into microchip golem

[1859+; perhaps because he nips, ”moves quickly”]

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