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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 ship1 + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for skippering

skippering

/ˈskɪpərɪŋ/
noun
1.
(slang) the practice of sleeping rough
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin

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 skippering

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for skippering

skip

noun
  1. A person who absconds, esp to avoid paying a bill: The skip took off with a girl friend (1915+)
  2. skipper (1830+)
verb
  1. To fail to attend; absent oneself; shine: if I let you skip school this afternoon (1905+)
  2. (also skip out) To depart hastily, escape, abscond, esp to avoid paying a bill, being arrested, etc: They skipped out of the motel at 2 AM (1590+)

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