Origin of kipperfrom uncertain or unknown; perhaps kipperthe noun
- a male salmon or sea trout during or shortly after the spawning season
- a kippered herring, salmon, etc.
Origin of kipperME kypre < OE cypera < ? coper, copper (from the color)
transitive verbkip·pered, kip·per·ing, kip·pers
Origin of kipperMiddle English kipre a male salmon in the spawning season from Old English cypera probably from cyperen of copper from coper copper (because of the fish's color during the spawning season) ; see copper 1.
(third-person singular simple present kippers, present participle kippering, simple past and past participle kippered)
(comparative more kipper, superlative most kipper)