skim·​mer | \ ˈski-mər How to pronounce skimmer (audio) \

Definition of skimmer

1 : one that skims specifically : a flat perforated scoop or spoon used for skimming
2 : any of a small genus (Rynchops) of long-winged marine birds that have the lower mandible longer than the upper
3 : a usually straw flat-crowned hat with a wide straight brim
4 : a fitted sleeveless dress with a usually flaring skirt
5 : a device that is attached to an electronic card reader (as on an ATM) and used to obtain data (such as a credit card number) secretly and illicitly The credit union said someone had fitted a skimmer over the ATM card slot to collect information on inserted cards but the company said it wasn't sure how many cards had been affected at this time.The Leader-Herald (Gloversville, NewYork) Once you put your card in, the device, called a skimmer, reads and records all the account information stored on the magnetic strip, and even retrieves your PIN as you punch it into the keypad.— Mary Hunt

Examples of skimmer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their argument stemmed over leaving a card skimmer where housekeeping staff could see, according to court records., 29 Oct. 2021 There were two glossy ibis, a black skimmer, and a probable nesting family of four merlins., 24 July 2021 Costco discovered a credit card skimmer in one of its warehouse locations. Yoni Heisler, BGR, 16 Nov. 2021 Costco’s notification also doesn’t specify whether the skimmer was installed in the warehouse or on a pump at the gas bar. Lee Mathews, Forbes, 12 Nov. 2021 As a sea-skimmer, Blue Spear is less fuel-efficient. David Axe, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Even the lightest skimmer of headlines has probably heard by now about the Great Resignation. Sarah Todd, Quartz, 4 Sep. 2021 On Cape Cod, highlights included a summering brant and a little blue heron at Forest Beach in Chatham, a black skimmer in Dennis, and an American golden-plover and a seaside sparrow at Nauset Marsh in Eastham., 31 July 2021 In Nauset Marsh, there was an American golden-plover and a black skimmer., 17 July 2021

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First Known Use of skimmer

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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11 Jan 2022

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“Skimmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of skimmer

: a spoon with holes in it that is used by cooks for skimming things

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