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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Rather than process a deed transfer and sell to a flipper, Sloan gives up on the money and heads out, telling his henchman to kill Nick, who's promptly shot in the back. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Movie review: Frank Grillo action yarn 'Into the Ashes' burns slowly and fizzles out early," 15 July 2019 Tarek is also looking for house-flippers, specifically in the Southern California area, interested in being on the show. Selena Barrientos, House Beautiful, "HGTV Star Tarek El Moussa Hints About a New House-Flipping Show," 2 July 2019 One man in Nome died this year after contracting botulism from a potluck meal of beluga flipper. Craig Welch, National Geographic, "More people are eating marine animals—with deadly results," 22 May 2019 First, a flipper appeared, then the whole 150-pound baby emerged within two or three minutes. Gabrielle Russon, orlandosentinel.com, "SeaWorld’s baby walrus is learning how to swim without mom’s help," 18 Jan. 2019 The average North Texas property-flipper made a profit of $30,588 in the first quarter of this year, according to the latest estimate from Attom Data Solutions. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Home investors are gobbling up a record share of Dallas housing," 27 June 2019 Howard arrived at the center in March after he was hit by a boat, injuring his rear flipper, tail and upper part of his shell. Catie Wegman, sun-sentinel.com, "SummerTimeOut: Turtle tours at Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach," 26 June 2019 Visit Two Oceans Aquarium’s interactive coelacanth exhibit in Cape Town, then find your flippers. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "See 8 animal species that came back from the dead," 1 Mar. 2019 Supermodel, television host and celebrity home-flipper Tyra Banks has bought a Pacific Palisades home for a little over $3 million. Neal J. Leitereg And Lauren Beale, latimes.com, "Hot Property Newsletter: Passing go," 22 June 2019

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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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