[<< wiktionary] chippy
== English ==

=== Alternative forms ===

=== Etymology ===
From chip +‎ -y.

=== Pronunciation ===
IPA(key): /ˈtʃɪpi/

Rhymes: -ɪpi

=== Noun ===
chippy (plural chippies)

(Britain, slang) A fish-and-chip shop.
Synonym: chipper

(Britain, Australia, New Zealand, slang) A carpenter.
(Australia, slang) The youngest member of a team or group, normally someone whose voice has not yet deepened, talking like a chipmunk.
(New Zealand) A potato chip.
(US, slang) A prostitute or promiscuous woman.

(demoscene, informal) A chiptune.
(US) A chipping sparrow.
1902, Henry Harrison Metcalf, John Norris McClintock, The Granite Monthly: A New Hampshire magazine devoted to history, biography, literature, and state progress, Volume 32, page 385,
In due time a nest-full of little chippies appear to be nourished with insectiverous[sic] food from a parental beak until fledged and able to look after themselves.

The funny part of it all is that the starling appears to make the chippies do whatever it pleases.

(slang) An occasional drug habit, less than addiction.

==== Derived terms ====
chippy-chaser, chippy joint

=== Adjective ===
chippy (comparative chippier, superlative chippiest)

(Canada, UK) Ill-tempered, disagreeable.

(Canada, sports) Involving violence or unfair play.
2007, Canadian Interuniversity Sport, cisport.ca,
The University of Lethbridge Pronghorns and University of Saskatchewan Huskies battled to a 1-1 draw in a chippy Canada West men’s soccer affair that saw the teams combine for 33 fouls and five yellow cards.
(of wood) Tending to form chips when cut, rather than larger, more usable pieces of wood.
(dated) As dry as a chip of wood.
(archaic) Feeling sick from drinking alcohol; hung over.

==== Related terms ====

=== Verb ===
chippy (third-person singular simple present chippies, present participle chippying, simple past and past participle chippied)

(slang) To take drugs (especially heroin) on an occasional basis, rather than as an addict. [from 20th c.]
1952, William S. Burroughs, in Harris (ed.), Letters 1945–59, Penguin 2009, p. 104:
I chippy around but haven't been hooked in a year now.
1974, Eric Josephson, Eleanor Elizabeth Carroll, Columbia University. School of Public Health and Administrative Medicine, Drug use: epidemiological and sociological approaches (page 110)
The heroin user in the United States typically "chippies" for some time before becoming a regular user.
2009, Erich Goode, Marijuana (page 86)
For the most part, the players who are "chippying" with heroin think that they have their heroin use under control  […]