dip·​per | \ ˈdi-pər How to pronounce dipper (audio) \

Definition of dipper

1 : one that dips: such as
a : a worker who dips articles
b : something (such as a long-handled cup) used for dipping
c slang : pickpocket
2 : any of a genus (Cinclus and especially C. cinclus of the Old World and C. mexicanus of North America) of birds that comprise an oscine family (Cinclidae) and include individuals that wade and dive into swift mountain streams in search of food

called also water ouzel

3 capitalized : a group of stars that resembles a dipper: such as

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dipperful \ ˈdi-​pər-​ˌfu̇l How to pronounce dipperful (audio) \ noun

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Examples of dipper in a Sentence

the metal dipper left in the stew pot was too hot to touch
Recent Examples on the Web Leigh Downing, 47, and his son Charlie, 20, used the sketches made by his nephew Calden Ashley to construct the 230-foot-long big dipper, according to SWNS. People Staff, PEOPLE.com, "WATCH: Uncle Builds Rollercoaster in Backyard for Nephew During Quarantine," 17 Aug. 2020 With apologies to the skinny-dipper chomped in half, the shark was only being a shark and its teeth were so very sharp, her flesh so very tender. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "‘Jaws’ Is Still Devouring Us. SOS!," 1 July 2020 The spout of the coffeepot marks the bow and arrow and the dipper shape forms his body. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, "Things to look for in the night sky this summer 🌌," 10 June 2020 Called double dippers by critics, legislators who were previously elected, retired, and then were re-elected again now receive a salary and a pension for holding the same position – of roughly more than $180,000 in total. Bethany Blankley, Washington Examiner, "Critics: New York doesn’t need federal bailout to cover salaries, pensions," 29 May 2020 Look for the seven stars making the iconic dipper high and to the north. Linda Gandee, cleveland, "Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village says, ‘Look up!’," 11 May 2020 Because when the skinny dippers stumble inside, Ramona's friend Elyse has arrived, which once again brings up Sonja's outburst about not being a trophy wife from the night before. Jodi Walker, EW.com, "The Real Housewives of New York City recap: The yacht has sailed, honey," 24 Apr. 2020 In the Philippines, a cup-sized dipper known as a tabo is still used for rinsing your nether regions. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Can’t Find Toilet Paper? Try These Alternatives," 7 May 2020 Explorers can range from the toe dipper to the major full tilt arctic adventurer. Dr. Nan Wise, Glamour, "How to Handle Mismatched Libidos, According to a Neuroscientist," 12 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of dipper

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dipper. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dipper

: a large spoon with a long handle that is used for dipping liquids


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