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[skim-er] /ˈskɪm ər/
a person or thing that skims.
a shallow utensil, usually perforated, used in skimming liquids.
any of several gull-like birds of the family Rynchopidae, that skim the water with the elongated lower mandible immersed while in search of food.
a stiff, wide-brimmed hat with a shallow flat crown, usually made of straw.
a woman's A-line dress with side darts that shape it slightly to the body.
Origin of skimmer
1350-1400; skim + -er1; replacing Middle English skemour, skymour, variant of schumour < Middle French (e)scumoir ladle for skimming; see scum Unabridged
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Examples from the web for skimmer
  • We started working together to build a prototype of the marine particle skimmer, a device to pick up small particles of plastic.
  • Blanch for four minutes and transfer to the ice water with a slotted spoon or skimmer.
  • Place a crouton in each bowl and, using a skimmer or a slotted spoon, scoop out a poached egg and place it on top.
  • skimmer vessels are typically used to clean broad areas of open water.
  • For skimmer head and sizing, refer to the vendor's instructions.
British Dictionary definitions for skimmer


a person or thing that skims
any of several mainly tropical coastal aquatic birds of the genus Rhynchops, having long narrow wings and a bill with an elongated lower mandible for skimming food from the surface of the water: family Rynchopidae, order Charadriiformes
a flat perforated spoon used for skimming fat from liquids
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Word Origin and History for skimmer

"skimming utensil," late 14c., agent noun from skim (v.). From 1751 as "one who reads superficially." The North American shore bird (1785) is so called from its method of feeding. As "one who diverts money from earnings for some private purpose" by 1970.

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