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flipper

[flip-er] /ˈflɪp ər/
noun
1.
a broad, flat limb, as of a seal or whale, especially adapted for swimming.
2.
Also called fin. one of a pair of paddlelike devices, usually of rubber, worn on the feet as an aid in scuba diving and swimming.
3.
Theater. a narrow flat hinged or attached at right angles to a larger flat.
4.
Slang. the hand.
5.
someone or something that flips.
Origin of flipper
1815-1825
1815-25; flip1 + -er1
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  • He also wears dark green flippers on his feet, rather than boots.
British Dictionary definitions for flippers

flipper

/ˈflɪpə/
noun
1.
the flat broad limb of seals, whales, penguins, and other aquatic animals, specialized for swimming
2.
(often pl) Also called fin. either of a pair of rubber paddle-like devices worn on the feet as an aid in swimming, esp underwater
3.
(cricket) a ball bowled with backspin imparted by the action of the bowler's wrist
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Word Origin and History for flippers

flipper

n.

"limb used to swim with," 1822, agent noun from flip (v.). Sense of "rubber fin for underwater swimming" is from 1945. Slang meaning "the hand" dates from 1836. Related: Flippers.

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flippers in Science
flipper
  (flĭp'ər)   
A wide, flat limb adapted for swimming, found on aquatic animals such as whales, seals, and sea turtles. Flippers evolved from legs.
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Slang definitions & phrases for flippers

flipper

noun
  1. A hand; flapper: I manfully gripped his flipper (1832+)
  2. Traders who buy initial public offerings as the market opens and sell them when vigorous trading begins: It's been a boom year for initial public offerings, just the right environment for ''flippers'' (1990s+ Stock market)
  3. A person who buys real estate and then turns around and quickly tries to sell it for a profit

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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