Definitions for kipperˈkɪp ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kip•perˈkɪp ər(n.)

  1. a fish, esp. a herring, that has been cured by splitting, salting, drying and smoking.

    Category: Cooking

  2. a male salmon during or after the spawning season.

    Category: Ichthyology

  3. (v.t.)to cure (herring, salmon, etc.) by splitting, salting, drying, and smoking.

    Category: Cooking

Origin of kipper:

bef. 1000; ME kypre, OE cypera spawning salmon

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kipper, kippered herring(noun)

    salted and smoked herring


  1. kipper(Noun)

    A split, salted and smoked herring.

  2. kipper(Noun)

    An RAF World War II code name for patrols to protect fishing boats in the Irish and North Seas against attack from the air.

  3. kipper(Verb)

    To prepare a herring or similar fish in that fashion.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kipper(noun)

    a salmon after spawning

  2. Kipper(noun)

    a salmon split open, salted, and dried or smoked; -- so called because salmon after spawning were usually so cured, not being good when fresh

  3. Kipper(verb)

    to cure, by splitting, salting, and smoking

  4. Kipper(adj)

    amorous; also, lively; light-footed; nimble; gay; sprightly


  1. Kipper

    A kipper is a whole herring, a small, oily fish, that has been split in butterfly fashion from tail to head along the dorsal ridge, gutted, salted or pickled, and cold smoked over smouldering woodchips. In the United Kingdom, in Japan, and in some North American regions they are often eaten for breakfast. In the UK, kippers, along with other preserved fish such as the bloater and buckling, were also once commonly enjoyed as a high tea or supper treat; most popularly with inland and urban working-class populations before World War II.

Translations for kipper

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a herring split down the back and smoked, used as food.

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