looper

noun

loop·​er ˈlü-pər How to pronounce looper (audio)
plural loopers
1
: any of the usually rather small hairless caterpillars that are mostly larvae of moths (families Geometridae and Noctuidae) and move with a looping motion in which the hind prolegs draw the posterior body toward the front followed by forward extension by the anterior legs

called also inchworm

2
: one that loops
3
golf : caddie
Playing golf with a caddie can be one of the best experiences in golf. Or, it can be one of the worst. It all depends on your looper and your attitude. Golf Magazine

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web One member, the camouflaged looper, decorates itself with bits of leaf or petal, becoming a walking parade float of flair. Miri Talabac, Baltimore Sun, 21 July 2022 The mob takes advantage of this opportunity by sending their targets into the past, where the looper is waiting to take them out. Will Harris, EW.com, 9 June 2022 The short-term plan is for the partnership to continue throughout the summer then find Piot a new looper when Ellis gets back to the college golf season in the fall. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, 6 Apr. 2022 Rosario singled also had a brain cramp in the first inning of Game 3, getting a terrible read on Albies’ looper to shallow center and getting doubled off second in the first inning. Mike Digiovanna, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2021 Hudson Beamon sent a high looper toward center field that looked like a short wedge at Torrey Pines South. Jim Lindgren, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 June 2021 How ironic that Minneapolis drummer/keyboardist/looper Martin Dosh — known for his innovative one-man performances — spent much of the pandemic working with other musicians (virtually) on his first Dosh studio album in eight years. Jon Bream, Star Tribune, 27 May 2021 This has a goggles strap looper portion that will clip it in. Chris Hachey, BGR, 26 May 2021 On Thursday, violinist-looper and vocalist Joe Kye will perform at 2 p.m., and on Friday, Swiggle Mandela will perform at 4 p.m. oregonlive, 19 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1731, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of looper was in 1731

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“Looper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/looper. Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

looper

noun

loop·​er ˈlü-pər How to pronounce looper (audio)
1
: any of numerous small caterpillars that are mostly larvae of moths, move with a looping movement, and have little or no hair

called also inchworm, measuring worm

2
: one that loops

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