1. American
   a prostitute
   Usually at the lower end of the profession, from chip, a bit or piece1:
    He pays some chippie fifty to gobble his pork. (Diehl, 1978)
   A chippie-joint is a brothel.
   2. American
   to ingest illegal narcotics on an irregular basis
   Where using illegal drugs is the norm, nonaddiction may be taboo (as in fish1 for homosexual females). In such a culture a nonaddict may wish to avoid being thought stuffy by not entirely eschewing narcotics, as it were merely chipping at a mass. This may be inferred from chippy-user, 'one who uses narcotics infrequently' (Lingemann, 1969).
   To confuse matters, a chippy in black slang is a regular taker of strong narcotics, although in Britain he is merely a carpenter.

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