skim·​mer ˈski-mər How to pronounce skimmer (audio)
: one that skims
specifically : a flat perforated scoop or spoon used for skimming
: any of a small genus (Rynchops) of long-winged marine birds that have the lower mandible longer than the upper
: a usually straw flat-crowned hat with a wide straight brim
: a fitted sleeveless dress with a usually flaring skirt
: 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 Authorities deployed skimmer vessels for the cleanup efforts and laid close to 1,500 meters (4,921 feet) of oil absorbent booms to protect a coastal natural reserve lined with mangroves. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 17 June 2024 Putting the brush into action is easy: simply remove the net from your skimmer pole, click the attachment head into place, and scrub away. Alyssa Brascia, Peoplemag, 8 June 2024 Throughout the country thieves are using skimmers to get account numbers and pin codes, officials said. Pamela McLoughlin, Hartford Courant, 3 May 2024 While the sophistication can be impressive, at least the skimmers are detectable; often with a plastic casing that protrudes from the card-acceptance slot. T. Nelson Thompson, Baltimore Sun, 23 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for skimmer 

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of skimmer was in the 14th century

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“Skimmer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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skim·​mer ˈskim-ər How to pronounce skimmer (audio)
: one that skims
especially : a flat scoop or spoon with holes that is used for skimming

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