Chippy–a sexually promiscuous woman, a prostitute, 1886, though the end of the century and into the 20th century.
I have never heard of this. Generally I try to avoid real profanity in my weekly posts, but I’m making an exception to this, because I was kind of floored. I’m going to use the actual sentence in the book for an example instead of making up one of my own, from Bangin’on Rhine, “Full many a chippy had he banged.” Banged, used that way, I had considered modern terminology. Apparently I am wrong. It goes back to the 1700’s. However, there are very few references in the 19th century. Mostly it’s a 20th century use, where as chippy does seem to be a late 19th century slang term.