dipper

[dip-er]
noun
1.
a person or thing that dips.
2.
a cuplike container with a long handle, used for dipping liquids.
3.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy.
4.
Ornithology. Also called water ouzel. any small, stocky diving bird of the family Cinclidae, related to the thrushes, especially Cinclus aquaticus of Europe and C. mexicanus of western North America, having dense, oilyplumage and frequenting rapid streams and rivers.
5.
South Midland and Southern U.S. a person who uses snuff.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English: diving bird; see dip, -er1

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dipper (ˈdɪpə)
 
n
1.  a ladle used for dipping
2.  Also called: water ouzel any aquatic songbird of the genus Cinclus and family Cinclidae, esp C. cinclus. They inhabit fast-flowing streams and resemble large wrens
3.  a slang word for pickpocket
4.  a person or thing that dips, such as the mechanism for directing car headlights downwards
5.  a small metal cup clipped onto a painter's palette for holding diluent or medium
6.  archaic an Anabaptist

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dip definition


  1. n.
    a drunkard. (From dipsomaniac.) : Buy the dip a drink. That'll shut him up for a while.
  2. n.
    and dipper. a pickpocket. (Underworld.) : The dip tried a snatch, but the dupe turned around at the wrong time. , The cops picked up three dippers, working as a group, at the fairgrounds.
  3. n.
    a pinch or helping of snuff. : He took a dip just before he picked up the bat.
  4. n.
    a wad of chewing tobacco. : You could see he had a big dip in his cheek.
  5. n.
    an oaf; a jerk. (Probably from dipshit.) : Why are you acting like such a dip?
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