flip·​per | \ ˈfli-pər \

Definition of flipper

1a : a broad flat limb (as of a seal or cetacean) adapted for swimming
b : a flat rubber shoe with the front expanded into a paddle used in skin diving
2 : one that flips

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Robotics deliverators or robotic hamburger flipper in San Francisco. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 2018 Regardless of size, all penguins have the same body plan, including wings that have evolved into flippers and dense bones to counter buoyancy. Gemma Tarlach, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Penguins," 6 Nov. 2018 With her sassy puns and rambunctious personality, Sherrod makes first-time flippers feel at ease. Brandon T. Harden, Philly.com, "'Real estate is the foundation of wealth,' says former Philly radio personality and host of HGTV's 'Flipping Virgins'," 22 May 2018 Stern employees subject games to ball after ball of stress, looking for failures in the build like a light that fails to fire, a bum flipper, or a bug in the software. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 Meet the Crains In the Netflix version, Hugh Crain (Henry Thomas, E.T.) and his wife Olivia (Carla Gugino, Spy Kids, Sucker Punch) are professional house flippers. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Haunting of Hill House," 22 Oct. 2018 Olivia and Hugh are house flippers who've decided to take on a mammoth, creaky mansion as their next project. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's The Haunting of Hill House Is Basically a Scary This Is Us," 16 Oct. 2018 On Opendoor’s website, there’s a section devoted to explaining why the company isn’t a home flipper. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "These startups make selling your house as easy as possible," 12 Apr. 2018 Unlike today’s flipper-heavy lineup, the early HGTV decorating shows such as Decorating with Style rarely, if ever, involved whole-scale wall-destroying renovations. Kate Wagner, Curbed, "We need a new kind of HGTV," 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of flipper

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of flipper

: one of two flat body parts that stick out from the side of a seal, whale, etc., and are used by the animal for swimming

: a flat rubber shoe that has a very wide front and that is used for swimming


flip·​per | \ ˈfli-pər \

Kids Definition of flipper

1 : a broad flat limb (as of a seal or whale) used for swimming
2 : a flat rubber shoe with the front widened into a paddle for use in swimming

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