puddle jumper


: a small airplane
To get there, you catch a puddle jumper out of Denver to Durango …Annie Leibovitz

Examples of puddle jumper in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web More often than not, luxurious Bahamian and Caribbean vacations involve multiple forms of transportation — most likely a regular commercial plane, followed by a puddle jumper, a ferry or boat, and then a taxi ride. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 27 Oct. 2023 Likewise, while many safari camps can arrange private puddle jumpers, only Tswalu in South Africa’s Kalahari has a spacious Beechcraft King Air 350 to help upgrade the 90-minute flight from Johannesburg. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 29 July 2023 The runway was too short for long-haul private jets, and commercial service was spotty—mostly a puddle jumper operated by American Eagle a few times a week. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 26 Mar. 2022 The landing strip is now able to accommodate planes up to the size of a Boeing 737, meaning visitors no longer need to land in Barbados and transfer to a puddle jumper across to Canouan. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 3 Feb. 2020 Into this landscape flies the brave orphan Atari, who has hijacked a puddle jumper in order to search for Spots. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 16 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1924, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puddle jumper was in 1924

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“Puddle jumper.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puddle%20jumper. Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

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