strip·​per | \ ˈstri-pər How to pronounce stripper (audio) \

Definition of stripper

1 : one that strips
3 : a machine that separates a desired part of an agricultural crop
4 : an oil well that produces 10 barrels or less per day

Examples of stripper in a Sentence

She worked as a stripper for a few years. a can of paint stripper
Recent Examples on the Web The eBay listing discovered by EPA investigators had marketed the drums of methylene chloride as a coronavirus disinfectant, as well as a paint stripper. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, "EPA busts Amazon and eBay for selling fraudulent products claiming to kill COVID-19," 11 June 2020 Product listings on eBbay cited by the EPA included 55-gallon drums of methylene chloride, usually used as a paint stripper, that were marketed as a coronavirus disinfectant. Jennifer A. Dlouhy,, "EPA tells Amazon, EBay to stop shipping unproven COVID goods," 11 June 2020 The slicer can be turned to give you access to three different blades (flat, serrated, and the corn stripper). Popular Science, "Vegetable peelers that make food prep easy," 9 June 2020 First came a 2010 Associated Press exposé about participants in the J-1 summer-work-travel program who were forced to work as strippers; others earned less than $1 an hour. Bernice Yeung, ProPublica, "She Paid Thousands for a Visa to Work in the U.S. Then She Got Laid Off. Now, She’s Trapped.," 4 June 2020 Numbers aside, this high-performance stripper is a blast to drive. Barry Winfield, Car and Driver, "Tested: 1997 Acura Integra Type R Rewards VTEC Enthusiasts in a Major Way," 21 May 2020 Of course, this isn’t just a question for former strippers. Lily Burana, New York Times, "The Reality of Being a Parent With a Controversial Past," 18 Apr. 2020 The film, starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu as ex-strippers bilking wealthy clientele for cash, premieres Saturday at the Toronto International Film Festival before opening nationwide Sept. 13. Jen Yamato,, "How Lorene Scafaria’s ‘Hustlers’ turned a tabloid stripper drama into an ode to female empowerment," 9 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Lopez continues to shoot the film Hustlers in New York City, and thus continues to wow us with her fun, fabulous, stripper-with-style character costumes. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jennifer Lopez's 'Hustlers' Shoes Are the Highest Heels I've Ever Seen," 5 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of stripper

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of stripper was in 1581

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25 Jun 2020

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“Stripper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stripper

: a performer who removes his or her clothing in a sexually exciting way : a dancer who does a striptease
: a tool that you use to remove something (such as paint) from a surface
: a liquid chemical that you use to remove something (such as paint) from a surface


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Medical Definition of stripper

: a surgical instrument used for removal of a vein

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