Main meanings of chippy in English

: chippy1chippy2

chippy1

(also chippie)

Pronunciation /ˈtʃɪpi/

Translate chippy into Spanish

nounchippies

informal British
  • 1A fish-and-chip shop.

    • ‘there used to be a good chippy down the back of Albert Street’
    • ‘That way you can visit the off licence, the sweet shop and the chippie without wasting energy.’
    • ‘Simon's shop and a chippy nearby have been targeted for months by a hard-core of about a dozen teenagers bent on making people's lives a misery.’
    • ‘The shop is the first chippy in the borough to get the Heartbeat Award, given by the council to firms which try to help reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.’
    • ‘And about 10 years ago we used to have a pie shop, a chippy on the street and others around here before they closed down.’
    • ‘Otherwise known as ‘Chip Alley’, it's a thoroughfare of chippies, kebab shops and pizza places that can diplomatically be described as ‘lively’ after the pubs shut.’
    • ‘Even the general store, which doubles as a chippie, is tastefully minimalist and the lady who owns it has a heart that glows in the dark.’
    • ‘Forget the grey slabs that emerge from your freezer, or the grease-laden battered variety from the chippy; the Fife haddock is a breed apart.’
    • ‘I can still clearly remember getting a fish supper from the Philadelphia chippie around the corner.’
    • ‘We have two newsagents, a chippy and a Working Men's Club who stand to lose a lot of trade if York City goes.’
    • ‘Talking of pies, don't go to a chippie - go to a proper Northern bakery and get a custard or an Eccles cake while you are there.’
    • ‘There's also some other, classic London spots represented in the video (which features a rather scary factory robot) like the chippy on Berwick Street and Maida Vale tube.’
    • ‘It follows a meticulous inspection of the chippy by Seafish watchdogs, who carried out about 200 separate checks, covering all aspects of the business, including 40 temperature checks.’
    • ‘The fact that the bride's best friend ‘works in a chippy in Colchester’ is one of many intriguing selling points for an unwanted wedding invitation which has been put on internet auction site E-Bay.’
    • ‘The chippy's more unusual offerings - queen scallops, squid rings and prawns - are all caught by Scottish boats and the staples, such as haggis and black pudding, from nearby suppliers.’
    • ‘Daddy dear, however, prefers the local chippy!’
    • ‘He urged food lovers to vote for their favourite chippy while calling in to see for themselves once more how enjoyable freshly-cooked fish and chips really could be.’
    • ‘I'm off to Tynemouth tonight to sit and listen to the sea and read my book, while Patsy 123 either slaves over a hot stove or, more likely, goes to the chippy.’
    • ‘After cycling to Tobermory for an overnight stop and two unforgettable deep fried scallop suppers from the local chippy, we still have a thirst for more beaches.’
    • ‘There will be 1,400 new homes, new offices and shops - including restaurants, cafes, a bookie's and even a chippy.’
    • ‘As it turns out, Jamie's friends don't head for the nearest chippy when they hear that they are to be on telly, for they are all big fat show-offs.’
  • 2A carpenter.

    • ‘Take a trek to any building site and you'll see them being used by a variety of tradesmen including chippies, sparkies, painters and plumbers.’
    • ‘I asked them how many expected to get jobs carving, and how many actually thought they had an opportunity to get a job as a cabinetmaker, a joiner, or a chippy's labourer.’
    • ‘Warramunga's chippies built a new roof, a copy of the old.’
    • ‘The chippies also added skirtings, trimmings and painted the walls, giving the 1920s accommodation a real boost.’
    • ‘You can't get this standard of workmanship from the chippies on the site.’
    • ‘Just remember the chippy's golden rule: check your measurements twice before cutting.’

adjective

informal
  • 1(of a person) touchy and defensive, especially on account of having a grievance or a sense of inferiority.

    • ‘I thought she was hostile and chippy’
    • ‘Without it I had cobbled together a half-baked credo of chippy self-sufficiency and an irritating need to be recognised.’
    • ‘His 13-year personal relationship with the vocalist of The Cocteaus, was on the rocks and his former drug and alcohol abuse was not making a naturally chippy personality any happier.’
    • ‘Living on tick, Adam sees nothing for it but to hop back aboard the carousel of fashionable metropolitan parties, while the chippy envy-mongers of the press look on with fascinated horror.’
    • ‘I think the argument here is that Scotland isn't significant enough for England to hate it, whereas, of course, England is significant enough to rile the chippy Scots.’
    • ‘Like all good award divas (and chippy Scots), I hadn't expected to win and so it was a thrilling moment when they read out the Sunday Herald's name.’
    • ‘The main complaint appears to be traffic jams in the kingdom, with some rather chippy elves having to urge customers to get a move on to the next part of the Santa experience to keep the flow going.’
    • ‘There is nothing chippy or adversarial about him, a passivity which might, to a lazy London casting director, seem at odds with his accent and his scar.’
    • ‘Back-seat strife was the most popular cause of arguments, together with chippy comments on driving skills or speed of travel.’
    • ‘The tone in the first was very physical and the play was very chippy.’
    • ‘As far as I can see, it's full of chippy weegies wearing cardies and bad shoes.’
    • ‘Do not for a moment think this observation is motivated by a chippy dislike of public schools.’
    • ‘A younger person who starts out and behaves in a chippy way doesn't last long.’
    • ‘But why does Wilson feel himself to be so embattled that he needs to drop chippy asides?’
    • ‘He described Scotland as a nation rife with ‘corruption, a sense of inadequacy and, above all, a chippy jealousy of its bigger, richer, more outgoing neighbour’.’
    • ‘He picked a fight with the undeserving rich on behalf of the deserving poor - and became wildly popular with Britain's wonderfully chippy middle class.’
    • ‘The chippy member from, I think, Otaki - I cannot remember his name - says that that is intended.’
    • ‘After every celebration of their maturity, they revert to gawky, chippy adolescents until the next time they put on a party for the world.’
    • ‘She is a hideous monstrosity and a small minded, chippy teenage rebel and I hope your fine lady wife forces you to sleep on the sofa for at least a week.’
    irritable, irascible, fractious, fretful, cross, petulant, pettish, crabbed, crabby, crotchety, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, disagreeable, miserable, morose, peppery, on edge, edgy, impatient, complaining, querulous
    1. 1.1North American (of an ice hockey game or player) rough and belligerent.
      • ‘a chippy game’
      • ‘While he won't win many popularity contests, Deadmarsh is respected around the league for his chippy play and will to win.’
      • ‘Washington will need Haywood to play a similar chippy role in this series.’
      • ‘It was right on the edge of the area and there was definite contact, but the ref didn't penalise the chippy Irishman.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from chip + -y, -y; chippy (adjective) is from the phrase a chip on one's shoulder.

Main meanings of chippy in English

: chippy1chippy2

chippy2

(also chippie)

Pronunciation /ˈtʃɪpi/

Translate chippy into Spanish

nounchippies

  • 1informal, dated A prostitute.

    1. 1.1dated, derogatory A young woman who has many casual sexual encounters or relationships.

Origin

Late 19th century of uncertain origin; perhaps from chip + -y, or from cheap.