strip·​per ˈstri-pər How to pronounce stripper (audio)
plural strippers
: someone or something that strips
paint/varnish strippers
: such as
: 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
: a machine that separates a desired part of an agricultural crop
: 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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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Stripper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition


strip·​per ˈstrip-ər How to pronounce stripper (audio)
: a surgical instrument used for removal of a vein
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