noun \ˈski-mər\

: a spoon with holes in it that is used by cooks for skimming things

Full Definition of SKIMMER

:  one that skims; specifically :  a flat perforated scoop or spoon used for skimming
:  any of a small genus (Rynchops) of long-winged marine birds that have the lower mandible longer than the upper
:  a usually straw flat-crowned hat with a wide straight brim
:  a fitted sleeveless dress with a usually flaring skirt

First Known Use of SKIMMER

14th century

Other Clothing Terms

babushka, brogue, bumbershoot, cravat, dishabille, furbelow, layette, raiment, spectator


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of three species (family Rynchopidae) of waterbirds having a red bladelike bill, with the lower mandible longer than the upper. Skimmers live chiefly in estuaries and along wide rivers in warm regions. At twilight, they skim calm, shallow water with the open bill tip submerged; when a fish or crustacean is hit, the upper mandible snaps down. Skimmers are dark above with white underparts, face, and forehead, red legs, and black wings. The American black skimmer (Rynchops nigra) grows to 20 in. (50 cm) long.


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