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 dipper (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 The most common firefly in the United States is the big dipper, but there are 150 species with specific habitats and behaviors across the nation. Leigh Ann Henion, Washington Post, 7 Sep. 2021 Perhaps the most shocking revelation on this survey (to me, at least) is the fact nearly 53% of people say ketchup is an acceptable dipper. Katlyn Moncada, Better Homes & Gardens, 18 Aug. 2021 They are typically extracted mechanically or by a human with a dipper on the end of a rod. Anna Maria Barry-jester, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 My vacation will begin when the crow-dipper sprouts, and end when the earth is damp and the air humid. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 26 July 2021 To protect themselves, CFA says in searching for an agent, sellers and buyers should research whether an agent is a frequent double-dipper by reviewing recent sales on agent profiles found on websites such as Zillow and Realtor.com. Ted Knutson, Forbes, 24 May 2021 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, 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, 1 July 2020 The spout of the coffeepot marks the bow and arrow and the dipper shape forms his body. Dean Regas, Cincinnati.com, 10 June 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 27 Nov. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dipper

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


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