strip·​per | \ˈstri-pər \

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

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Well, the media seized on the story, spinning the stripper's credible accusation into a tale of white privilege, misogyny and just pure evil. Fox News, "Ingraham: The rush to judgment and injustice for Kavanaugh," 18 Sep. 2018 The department has agreed to pay more than $3,000 to defense lawyers hired by Ras Cates, 33, and his wife, Lizmixell Batista, a 20-year-old stripper at Cheetah Gentleman's Club in Hallandale Beach. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash," 6 July 2018 Both Lowe's and the EPA were spurred by a months-long campaign from public health groups and the families of those killed while using the paint strippers. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: Lowe's moves before EPA to pull deadly paint strippers from shelves," 30 May 2018 Physician Zyad Younan, of Holmdel, New Jersey, was drugged by the strippers and then fleeced with fraudulent billing, Judge O’Neill Levy ruled Tuesday. Adam Darby, kansascity, "Doctor is off the hook for $135,000 club tab with four ‘fishing’ strippers," 21 Jan. 2018 Henreid was a law student and male stripper at the time of his indictment and went by the last name Henroid at the time. CBS News, "Pardon request uses same argument as Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens," 27 Feb. 2018 The chemicals include many in everyday use, such as dry-cleaning solvents, paint strippers, and substances used in health and beauty products like shampoos and cosmetics. Eric Lipton,, "The chemical industry scores a big win at the EPA," 7 June 2018 Nothing is fair, not the Mars Room’s Russian strippers undercutting the regulars’ pay. Caroline Leavitt,, "Rachel Kushner offers a version of this American life," 27 Apr. 2018 Miami-Dade police is on the hook for legal bills after cops illegally seized a cache of guns — and nearly $20,000 in stripper cash. David Ovalle, miamiherald, "'We got bills to pay, sweetie.' Cops forced to return stripper's $19,934 in cash," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of stripper

1581, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Medical Definition of stripper 

: a surgical instrument used for removal of a vein

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