flipper

noun
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 TexasTeeMiguel was found in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas last December suffering from cold stress, flipper damage and severe weight loss, injuries likely incurred from a boat strike. Fox News, 28 July 2022 TexasTeeMiguel was found in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas last December suffering from cold stress, flipper damage and severe weight loss, injuries likely incurred from a boat strike. Chron, 28 July 2022 In the photo, the whale’s sharp dorsal fin can be seen on top of its body as well as a white band on its flipper — a defining characteristic of minke whales, according to Webber. Morgan Krakow, Anchorage Daily News, 24 July 2022 Now a new breed of flipper has emerged hoping zero emissions equal big profits. Los Angeles Times, 30 June 2022 For example, Krahl cites sea turtles and penguins, which both have differences in their front and back appendages: flipper-like front legs and webbed hind legs. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 Using digital models, Krahl virtually reproduced a simulation of the functional loads, saying the models could indirectly prove the flipper-twisting potential of the Plesiosaurs. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, 21 June 2022 The quick flipper, perhaps not surprisingly, was Ellen DeGeneres, who sold a Beverly Crest mansion for $8.757 million less than a year after buying it. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 21 May 2022 After his highway stunt, the rescuers added a second orange tag, this one on the right flipper, so he could be identified quickly and easily. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flipper

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of flipper was in 1822

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Last Updated

10 Aug 2022

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“Flipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flipper. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for flipper

flipper

noun
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

More from Merriam-Webster on flipper

Nglish: Translation of flipper for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about flipper

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