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skipper

noun skip·per \ ˈski-pər \

Definition of skipper

1 : any of various erratically active insects (such as a click beetle or a water strider)
2 : one that skips
3 : saury
4 : any of a superfamily (Hesperioidea, especially family Hesperiidae) of lepidopterous insects that visibly differ from the typical butterflies especially in having stout bodies, smaller wings, and usually hooked antennae

First Known Use of skipper

13th century

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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skipper

noun

Definition of skipper

1 : the master of a ship; especially : the master of a fishing, small trading, or pleasure boat
2 : the captain or first pilot of an airplane
3 : a person in a position of leadership; especially : a baseball team's manager

Origin and Etymology of skipper

Middle English, from Middle Dutch schipper, from schip ship; akin to Old English scip ship — more at ship


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skipper

verb skip·per

Definition of skipper

skippered; skippering play \ˈski-p(ə-)riŋ\
1 : to act as skipper of (a boat or ship)
2 : to act as the principal coach or manager of
  • skipper a team

Examples of skipper in a Sentence

  1. The boat was skippered by a skilled veteran sailor.

  2. He skippered the team to their latest World Series win.

First Known Use of skipper

1893

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SKIPPER Defined for English Language Learners

skipper

Definition of skipper for English Language Learners

  • : to be the captain of (a ship or boat)

  • : to be the person who leads or manages (a team)


SKIPPER Defined for Kids

skipper

noun skip·per \ ˈski-pər \

Definition of skipper for Students

: the master of a ship and especially of a fishing, trading, or pleasure boat


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