Definition of clipper
) an instrument for cutting or trimming small pieces off things:hedge clippers
2 Electronicsanother term for limiter. 3 (also clipper chip) a microchip that inserts an identifying code into encrypted transmissions, allowing them to be deciphered by a third party having access to a government-held key. 4 (also clipper ship) a fast sailing ship, especially one of 19th-century design with concave bows and raked masts.