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 Examples include Marvel Pinball, Star Wars Pinball and Attack from Mars Pinball, each with a 24-inch LCD playfield, 8-inch LCD score screen, authentic flipper feedback and real plunger and buttons. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, 22 May 2021 Here are 10 steps Lavinder and his project manager, Annie Elliott, say every flipper should follow: 1. Marni Jameson, orlandosentinel.com, 14 May 2021 Even the casual page-flipper will reel at the implications of being literally wasp-waisted, not to mention at metamorphosis, whereby a wormlike larva becomes a magnificent flying dragon. David P. Barash, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 And down in Irvine, one house flipper is eying a $600,000 profit for a house once owned by Kobe Bryant. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 3 Apr. 2021 Suffice it to say that the transition from New Kid on the Block to house flipper is quite the intriguing one. Danielle Harling, House Beautiful, 21 Mar. 2021 Elio weighs about 30 pounds and now sports a red tag on his left front flipper. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Mar. 2021 Opening is accomplished by using the flipper protruding from the back of the handle. Matt Foster, Outdoor Life, 24 Feb. 2021 Doctors and newspapers, however, soon reported that babies whose mothers took thalidomide were being born with phocomelia, a rare condition that causes missing, shortened and flipper-like limbs. Brian Gordon, USA TODAY, 18 Dec. 2020

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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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30 May 2021

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“Flipper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flipper. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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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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