gipper

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gip (clean [fish] for curing) +‎ -er (suffix forming agent nouns)

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gipper (plural gippers)

  1. (obsolete except dialectal) One who gips (i.e., cleans fish in preparation for curing).
    • 1641, Simon Smith, chapter IV, in The Herring-Buſſe Trade[1], page 9:
      One man takes the Herrings out of the VVell with the Ladner, and fils the Gippers baskets. // 9 Gippers which cut their throats, and takes out the Guts, and fling the ful Herring into one Basket, and the ſhotten Herring into another.

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