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

Examples of flipper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web High touch areas – pinball flipper buttons and pool cues, in this case – have to be wiped down between each use. Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati.com, "Coronavirus in Ohio: You can dance again – but not too close," 8 June 2020 Cam Johnston 67, Drue Chrisman 33: A punter battle for the play-in, and the Aussie boomer took down the bottle flipper. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Favorite Ohio State Buckeye bracket updates: Beanie Wells vs. Mike Nugent, results of punter play-in showdown," 17 Mar. 2020 When the level starts, the pinball flipper on the left is blue, while the one on the right is red along with the fan. Michael Moore, The Verge, "Perchang looks like Portal, but is more like Lemmings," 23 June 2019 Around the time the flippers revved up a year later, home prices resumed their rise. Peter Rudegeair, WSJ, "The Future of Housing Rises in Phoenix," 19 June 2019 The war over bat flips is, for the most part, done, and the flippers have won. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "There's No Villain in the Madison Bumgarner-Max Muncy Spat," 11 June 2019 But nationwide last year was the best market for house flippers in eight years, according to Attom Data. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Dallas home flippers saw returns drop in 2019," 5 Mar. 2020 Penny's species is the only freshwater turtle with flippers instead of feet and are sometimes called pig-nose turtles. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee zookeepers caring for native Australian animals worry about fate of species devastated by wildfires," 20 Feb. 2020 Calypso came to the Baltimore Aquarium in 2002 after she was stranded in the Long Island Sound with an infected left flipper that was later amputated, officials said. Washington Post, "Baltimore Aquarium sea turtle ‘Calypso’ dies suddenly," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of flipper

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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22 Jun 2020

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“Flipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flipper. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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