chipmunk

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English[edit]

A chipmunk.

Etymology[edit]

1832; alteration (influenced by chipping squirrel) of earlier chitmunk, from older Ojibwe ačitamo˙nˀ ‎(squirrels) (modern ajidamóóg), literally ‘those who descend headlong’, from ačit- ‎(headfirst, face-down) (compare modern ajijibizo ‎(he falls headfirst), ajidagoojin ‎(he hangs upside down)). The verb developed due to the high-pitched voices of the American cartoon chipmunks in the group Alvin and the Chipmunks, who later starred in a popular children's TV show in the 1980s.

Noun[edit]

chipmunk ‎(plural chipmunks)

  1. A squirrel-like rodent of the genus Tamias, native mainly to North America.

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Verb[edit]

chipmunk ‎(third-person singular simple present chipmunks, present participle chipmunking, simple past and past participle chipmunked)

  1. To speed up an audio recording, especially a song, to make the voices high-pitched.

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