from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which skips or jumps; a leaper; a dancer.
  • noun A locust.
  • noun A trifling, thoughtless person; a skipjack.
  • noun In entomology:
  • noun A hesperian; any butterfly of the family Hesperiidæ: so called from their quick, darting, or jerky flight. Also called hopper. See cut under Hesperia.
  • noun The larva of the cheese-fly, Piophila casei; a cheese-hopper. See cut under cheese-fly.
  • noun One of certain water-beetles or -boatmen of the family Notonectidæ. See cut under water-boatman.
  • noun A skipjack, snapping-bug, or click-beetle. See cut under click-beetle.
  • noun The saury pike, Scomberesox saurus. See cut under saury.
  • noun Same as skip, 4.
  • To move with short skips; skip.
  • noun 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Same as climbing-fish, 2.
  • noun In cricket, the captain of a cricket eleven.
  • noun 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Agent noun of skip: one who skips.
  • noun A person who skips, or fails to attend class.
  • noun Any of various butterflies of the families Hesperiidae and its subfamily Megathyminae
  • noun Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially Cololabis saira
  • noun nautical The master of a ship. (literally, 'shipper')
  • noun A coach, director, or other leader.
  • noun sports The captain of a sports team such as football, cricket, rugby or curling.
  • verb transitive To be the skipper of a ship

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

  • noun the naval officer in command of a military ship
  • noun a student who fails to attend classes
  • verb work as the skipper on a vessel
  • noun an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

See to skip.

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From Middle Dutch scipper, from scip. Compare German Schiff, Schipp, Old Norse skip; confer ship, skiff.


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