noun (1)
skip·​per | \ ˈski-pər How to pronounce skipper (audio) \

Definition of skipper

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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


noun (2)

Definition of skipper (Entry 2 of 3)

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


skippered; skippering\ ˈski-​p(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce skippering (audio) \

Definition of skipper (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

Verb The boat was skippered by a skilled veteran sailor. He skippered the team to their latest World Series win.

First Known Use of skipper

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for skipper

Noun (2)

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

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“Skipper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of skipper

: to be the captain of (a ship or boat)
: to be the person who leads or manages (a team)


skip·​per | \ ˈski-pər How to pronounce skipper (audio) \

Kids Definition of skipper

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

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