American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Nautical The master of a ship.
- n. A coach, director, or other leader.
- v. To act as the skipper of.
- n. One that skips.
- n. Any of numerous butterflies of the families Hesperiidae and Megathymidae, having a hairy mothlike body, hooked tips on the antennae, and a darting flight pattern.
- n. Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially the saury Cololabis saira of Pacific waters.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who or that which skips or jumps; a leaper; a dancer.
- n. A locust.
- n. A trifling, thoughtless person; a skipjack.
- n. In entomology:
- n. A hesperian; any butterfly of the family Hesperiidæ: so called from their quick, darting, or jerky flight. Also called hopper. See cut under Hesperia.
- n. The larva of the cheese-fly, Piophila casei; a cheese-hopper. See cut under cheese-fly.
- n. One of certain water-beetles or -boatmen of the family Notonectidæ. See cut under water-boatman.
- n. A skipjack, snapping-bug, or click-beetle. See cut under click-beetle.
- n. The saury pike, Scomberesox saurus. See cut under saury.
- n. Same as skip, 4.
- To move with short skips; skip.
- n. The master of a small trading or merchant vessel; a sea-captain; hence, in familiar use, one having the principal charge in any kind of vessel.
- n. A barn; an outhouse; a shed or other place of shelter used as a lodging.
- To take shelter in a barn, shed, or other rude lodging: sometimes with indefinite it.
- n. Same as climbing-fish, 2.
- n. In cricket, the captain of a cricket eleven.
- n. Also the commander of any other body of men, as of a company of soldiers; a leader.
- To command a ship; command and drill (as sailors); serve as skipper to.
- n. nautical The master of a ship. (literally, 'shipper')
- n. A coach, director, or other leader.
- n. sports The captain of a sports team such as football, cricket, rugby or curling.
- v. transitive To be the skipper of a ship
- n. Agent noun of skip: one who skips.
- n. A person who skips, or fails to attend class.
- n. Any of various butterflies of the families Hesperiidae and its subfamily Megathyminae
- n. Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially Cololabis saira
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who, or that which, skips.
- n. A young, thoughtless person.
- n. (Zoöl.) The saury (Scomberesox saurus).
- n. The cheese maggot. See Cheese fly, under Cheese.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family
Hesperiadæ; -- so called from their peculiar short, jerking flight.
- n. (Naut.) The master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel.
- n. obsolete A ship boy.
- n. the naval officer in command of a military ship
- n. a student who fails to attend classes
- v. work as the skipper on a vessel
- n. an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
- See to skip. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Middle Dutch, from scip, ship. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And we've got Margot standing by with a certain skipper of a certain playoff-bound team, and I'll bet he knows all about post-season excitement.”
“Boig the skipper, is in the harbor and Grief learns from his trader Ieremia of a banknote reading "The First Royal Bank of Fitu-Iva will pay to bearer on demand one pound sterling," the note signed "Chancellor of the Exchequer" Fulualea — a Fijian name meaning "feathers of the sun.”
“I will have to wait until my skipper is back for lates on Wednesday to hear all the war stories.”
“And at least use some sort of spell check, no skipper is going to hire a guy who asks for a job and misspells his request, like the guy asking for a job on a fishing “bout”!”
“The Atlanta Braves skipper is the most underrated manager in baseball, hands down.”
“Close on thirty years before, a certain Dutch skipper -- his name is forgotten -- happened to be sailing for Bordeaux with a general cargo, which included some thousands of tulips, and a few almost priceless ones, for a rich purchaser who wished to introduce tulip-culture into the Gironde.”
“You see the skipper is going to make sail directly.”
“Young wore the armband in place of long term skipper Stiliyan Petrov who declined to take it off the England man when offered it when he came on as a late substitute, and Houllier said: Ashley is an inspiring leader when he is on the pitch.”
“I called the skipper, and I said, 'The boat is sinking.”
“The graceful but now critically endangered high brown fritillary and the Lulworth skipper, which is confined to the Dorset coastline and has suffered a 93% decline in number since 2000, continued to disappear from the countryside.”
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