Nipper (Origin)

by Craig Shrives

What Is the Origin of the Saying "Nipper"?

The term nipper is given as an affectionate nickname to a small boy. Nipper, in sailing terms, refers to members of a crew, usually the small boys that nipped the small lines to the ship's anchor to make it easier to handle.

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