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skipper1

[skip-er] /ˈskɪp ər/
noun
1.
the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel.
2.
a captain or leader, as of a team.
verb (used with object)
3.
to act as skipper of.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch schipper, equivalent to schip ship + -er -er1

skipper2

[skip-er] /ˈskɪp ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that skips.
2.
any of various insects that hop or fly with jerky motions.
3.
any of numerous quick-flying, lepidopterous insects of the family Hesperiidae, closely related to the true butterflies.
4.
saury (def 1).
Origin
1200-50; Middle English: locust. See skip1, -er1
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Examples from the web for skipper
  • When a skipper dies or retires, his quota goes back into a pool to be re-allocated.
  • As the skipper landed us on the first of the rocks, the cries of the crested terns became deafening.
  • The skipper is an architect and the crew is also not what would be called rich in the vernacular.
  • With that and a prayer, the skipper was able to steer the freighter to safety.
  • The skipper must control a large, complex boat that literally rises off the water and nearly takes wing.
  • But their skipper, in all prudence, jammed his engines into reverse and groaned past our stern.
  • The captains are instructed where they must form up at the skipper's meeting.
  • If you plan to skipper your own boat, they suggest the appropriate size and features based on your stated experience.
  • He then took the skipper into his cabin and heard his story.
  • To some observers, the naïve politician was turning into a pathetic figure, the city's skipper who didn't know what a boom was.
British Dictionary definitions for skipper

skipper1

/ˈskɪpə/
noun
1.
the captain of any vessel
2.
the captain of an aircraft
3.
a manager or leader, as of a sporting team
verb
4.
to act as skipper (of)
Word Origin
C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper shipper

skipper2

/ˈskɪpə/
noun
1.
a person or thing that skips
2.
any small butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, having a hairy mothlike body and erratic darting flight
3.
another name for saury
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Word Origin and History for skipper
n.

"captain or master of a ship," late 14c., from Middle Dutch scipper, from scip (see ship (n.)). Cf. English shipper, used from late 15c. to 17c. in sense "skipper." Transferred sense of "captain of a sporting team" is from 1830.

"one who skips," mid-15c., agent noun from skip (v.). As a type of butterfly, 1817, from its manner of flight.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for skipper

skipper

noun
  1. The captain of a ship or boat (1390+ Nautical)
  2. Any commanding officer; the OLD MAN (1906+ Army)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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