Kipper meaning

kĭpər
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A herring or salmon that has been split, salted, and smoked.
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To prepare (fish) by splitting, salting, and smoking.
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To cure (herring, salmon, etc.) by cleaning, salting, and drying or smoking.
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A male salmon or sea trout during or shortly after the spawning season.
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A kippered herring, salmon, etc.
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A salmon after spawning.
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(military) An RAF World War II code name for patrols to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.
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(cooking) To prepare a herring or similar fish in that fashion.
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(UK, dialect) Amorous.
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(UK, dialect) Lively; light-footed; nimble.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
kipper
Plural:
kippers

Origin of kipper

  • Middle 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) copper1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition