Skippering

skipper

1 [skip-er]
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; Middle English < Middle Dutch schipper, equivalent to schip ship + -er -er1

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skipper1 (ˈskɪpə)
 
n
1.  the captain of any vessel
2.  the captain of an aircraft
3.  a manager or leader, as of a sporting team
 
vb
4.  to act as skipper (of)
 
[C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper shipper]

skipper2 (ˈskɪpə)
 
n
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

skippering (ˈskɪpərɪŋ)
 
n
slang the practice of sleeping rough
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

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skipper
"captain or master of a ship," late 14c., from M.Du. scipper, from scip (see ship). Transfered sense of "captain of a sporting team" is from 1830.
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