Origin of kipper; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps kipperthe
- 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 copper1.
(third-person singular simple present kippers, present participle kippering, simple past and past participle kippered)
(comparative more kipper, superlative most kipper)