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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
This entry has not been updated since then but may contain minor corrections and revisions.


1. “A large marble for knocking the others out of the hole in the game of chippie-holie” (Slg. 1916 T.S.D.C. II., chippie).Slg. 1910 W. Harvey in Dundee Advertiser (11 July):
Then there was the “chippy,” a marble of a largish size and of hard material which he used in the game called “chippy-holey.”

2. A game of marbles (see Bouncing Chippy). Also varieties of this game, all having in common the fact that “the marbles of the players were arranged in a straight line side by side, each player depositing the same number. Then from a certain distance each player threw a marble at the row and got as many as he was lucky or skilful enough to knock out of it” (Arg.1 1936, obs.): (1) chippie-holie, “a game at marbles where the marbles are thrown into a hole” (Mry.1 1925); (2) chippy smash, “in which the row of marbles was placed about an inch from the base of a wall: fairly easy” (Arg.1); (3) ground chippy, “in which the row was placed in the open, not near a wall: more difficult” (Id.).

[From Chip, v., 4.]

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"Chippy n.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 24 May 2024 <>



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