dip·​per | \ ˈdi-pər \

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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Other Words from dipper

dipperful \ -​ˌfu̇l \ noun

Synonyms for dipper


ladle, scoop, spoon

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Examples of dipper in a Sentence

the metal dipper left in the stew pot was too hot to touch

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Within a few minutes, what appeared to be a moving star slanted across the dipper. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Satellites: Streaking, manmade lights in the sky," 25 Mar. 2018 American dippers, roundish birds that feed underwater year-round, live near many hot springs and the unfrozen creeks the warm water enables. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, "Finding a steaming oasis, isolated and remote: A look at Alaska’s hot springs," 14 Apr. 2018 Butterflied quail came with a mildly funky and sweet glaze and a dipper of sriracha-esque fresh chile sauce. Michael Russell, OregonLive.com, "Hem 23 puts Vietnamese street food in a stylish setting, but is it good?," 15 Mar. 2018 The Monte Cristo borders on a lunch offering but was tasty and came with a side of syrup that went surprisingly well as dipper for the country ham, Swiss cheese and roasted turkey sandwich. Marc Bona, cleveland.com, "Brim Brewery + Kitchen: Northeast Ohio's best weekend brunches, breakfasts," 13 Jan. 2018 The range of dippers were what was unusual: buttered sourdough toast points, pickled apple slices, romanesco, carrots tossed in vinaigrette, radishes, radicchio and potato chips, all scattered around the ramekin of creamy fondue. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Lazy Bear team ventures into unknown territory with True Laurel," 16 Feb. 2018 My last bird of the day was an American dipper, or water ouzel. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Warm weather, abundant rodents make for happy raptors," 9 Jan. 2018 Smelt dippers are looking at a depressed run prediction this year, but Washington will decide later whether to allow any sport dipping in the Cowlitz River. Allan Brettman, OregonLive.com, "Scappoose bank robber jumps counter, gets cash, witnesses tell police," 30 Jan. 2018 Among his most memorable actions as a council member was his 2014 resignation from council just days before being sworn in to a new term, a maneuver that allowed him to grab his pension and return quickly to council payroll as a double-dipper. Mark Naymik, cleveland.com, "We may never know how good - or bad -- Cleveland's Amazon bid is: Mark Naymik," 18 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dipper

1611, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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