flipper

noun flip·per \ ˈfli-pər \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of flipper

1 a : 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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First Known Use of flipper

1822


FLIPPER Defined for English Language Learners

flipper

noun

Definition of flipper for English Language Learners

  • : 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


FLIPPER Defined for Kids

flipper

noun flip·per \ ˈfli-pər \

Definition of flipper for Students

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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