Definition of flipper
1a : a broad flat limb (as of a seal or cetacean) adapted for swimmingb : a flat rubber shoe with the front expanded into a paddle used in skin diving
2 : one that flips
Recent Examples of flipper from the Web
Beethoven, a humpback calf, gently rested on Austin’s back, wrapping one long flipper around the photographer during the pit of Austin’s frustration.
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First Known Use of flipper
FLIPPER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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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