noun \ˈski-pər\

Definition of SKIPPER

:  any of various erratically active insects (as a click beetle or a water strider)
:  one that skips
:  saury
:  any of a superfamily (Hesperioidea, especially family Hesperiidae) of lepidopterous insects that visibly differ from the typical butterflies especially in having stout bodies, smaller wings, and usually hooked antennae

First Known Use of SKIPPER

13th century



Definition of SKIPPER

:  the master of a ship; especially :  the master of a fishing, small trading, or pleasure boat
:  the captain or first pilot of an airplane
:  a person in a position of leadership; especially :  a baseball team's manager

Origin of SKIPPER

Middle English, from Middle Dutch schipper, from schip ship; akin to Old English scip ship — more at ship
First Known Use: 14th century


transitive verb

: to be the captain of (a ship or boat)

: to be the person who leads or manages (a team)

skip·peredskip·per·ing \ˈski-p(ə-)riŋ\

Full Definition of SKIPPER

:  to act as skipper of (as a boat)
:  to act as coach of (as a team)

Examples of SKIPPER

  1. The boat was skippered by a skilled veteran sailor.
  2. He skippered the team to their latest World Series win.

First Known Use of SKIPPER



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of some 3,000 lepidopteran species (family Hesperiidae) named for their fast (up to 20 mph, or 30 kph), darting flight. The head and stout body of the adult skipper resemble a moth's, but most skippers hold the first pair of wings vertically at rest, as butterflies do. Most skippers are diurnal and lack the wing-coupling structures typical of moths. Larvae feed mostly on legumes and grasses, usually living inside folded or rolled leaves that may be woven together. They pupate in a thin cocoon of silk or silk and leaves.


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