from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Nautical The master of a ship.
  • n. A coach, director, or other leader.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The master of a ship. (literally, 'shipper')
  • n. A coach, director, or other leader.
  • n. The captain of a sports team such as football, cricket, rugby or curling.
  • v. 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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, skips.
  • n. A young, thoughtless person.
  • n. The saury (Scomberesox saurus).
  • n. The cheese maggot. See Cheese fly, under Cheese.
  • n. Any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family Hesperiadæ; -- so called from their peculiar short, jerking flight.
  • n. The master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel.
  • n. A ship boy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To move with short skips; skip.
  • To take shelter in a barn, shed, or other rude lodging: sometimes with indefinite it.
  • To command a ship; command and drill (as sailors); serve as skipper to.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English, from Middle Dutch, from scip, ship.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Dutch scipper, from scip. Compare German Schiff, Schipp, Old Norse skip; confer ship, skiff. (Wiktionary)
See to skip. (Wiktionary)


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  • The Atlanta Braves skipper is the most underrated manager in baseball, hands down. - Cox a manager you should know

  • 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.

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  • You see the skipper is going to make sail directly.

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  • 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.

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  • I called the skipper, and I said, 'The boat is sinking.' News of the Underwater World

  • 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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