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

Definition of stripper

1 : someone or something that strips paint/varnish strippers : such as
a : a person who acts or dances in a seductive provocative manner and gradually removes their clothing piece by piece especially to the accompaniment of music : stripteaser
b : a machine that separates a desired part of an agricultural crop
2 : 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
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First Known Use of stripper

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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27 Apr 2021

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“Stripper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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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


strip·​per | \ ˈstrip-ər How to pronounce stripper (audio) \

Medical Definition of stripper

: a surgical instrument used for removal of a vein

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