flip·​per | \ ˈfli-pər How to pronounce flipper (audio) \

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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According to People Magazine, citing sources, Pulos said goodbye to the house flipper's company, Jeff Lewis Design, a few months ago. Mariah Haas, Fox News, "'Flipping Out' stars Jeff Lewis and Jenni Pulos are reportedly no longer working together," 7 Sep. 2018 The future is much more than just plywood and flipper switches. Peter Rugg, Popular Mechanics, "Inside America's Last Great Pinball Factory," 27 Mar. 2017 This time, instead of being a reaction to ’80s excess, the trend was a response to the flipper mentality of pre-crash America, which saw home renovation as a guaranteed gold mine. Laura Fenton, Curbed, "How the ‘modern farmhouse’ look took over," 21 Nov. 2018 The MirageDrive works like a penguin's rear flippers do, to propel the kayak through the water. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "You Should Try Kayak Fishing," 16 Nov. 2018 Her first must-have is an essential for flippers and home decorators alike. Jessica Leigh Mattern, Country Living, "Joanna Gaines Never Leaves the House Without These Two Things in Her Purse," 9 Dec. 2018 Home flippers and real estate investors helped inflate the housing bubble by buying houses, holding them for a brief period, and then flipping them for a tidy profit. Jeff Andrews, Curbed, "10 years after the financial crisis, is the housing market still at risk?," 29 Aug. 2018 That will help Mueller’s team argue that their case is not entirely reliant on just one flipper. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "Manafort’s defense team goes all out to try to discredit Rick Gates’s testimony," 7 Aug. 2018 Robotics deliverators or robotic hamburger flipper in San Francisco. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Why Sweetgreen thinks like a tech company," 17 Dec. 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 How to pronounce flipper (audio) \

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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