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

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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The seven bright stars of the dipper outline the rear end and the tail of the constellation Big Bear or Ursa Major. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: There are many delights to be found in August’s evening skies," 4 Aug. 2019 As for as rule breaking (bending??), this was a double dipper! Li Zhou, Vox, "The viral video of Lindsey Graham silencing Senate Democrats, explained," 1 Aug. 2019 The dipper makes up the rear end and tail of the constellation Ursa Major, the Latin name for the Big Bear. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, "Sky Watch: The great Summer Triangle will take you places," 21 July 2019 The machine was one of the first mining shovels to be equipped with a round dipper stick that allowed the bucket to swivel. USA TODAY, "Pride pickup, sphinx on move, Tony Stark’s cabin: News from around our 50 states," 13 June 2019 Six employees work on the line: a dipper, a mixer, a dresser, a pourer, a topper and a runner. Michelle Matthews | Mmatthews@al.com, al.com, "These milkshakes bring everyone to The Yard," 26 June 2019 Serve this scrumptious as a an appetizer with plates for sharing, or even as a decadent main course, with lots of different dippers. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cheddar-Beer Fondue," 21 Dec. 2012 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

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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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