- a person or thing that dips.
- a cuplike container with a long handle, used for dipping liquids.
- (initial capital letter) Astronomy.
- Ornithology. Also called water ouzel. any small, stocky diving bird of the family Cinclidae, related to the thrushes, especially Cinclus aquaticus of Europe and C. mexicanus of western North America, having dense, oilyplumage and frequenting rapid streams and rivers.
- South Midland and Southern U.S. a person who uses snuff.
Origin of dipper
- the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline.
Origin of Little Dipper
- the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
Origin of Big Dipper
Examples from the Web for dipper
Most people smoke a dipper and chill, but I would smoke like six a night.The New Rise of PCP
April 22, 2011
She was watching the little girl, who was running into the house with the dipper.Meadow Grass
It is called the Dipper because it is shaped like a dipper with a long, bent handle.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
Penn couldn't stand that no more'n a dog with a dipper to his tail."Captains Courageous"
This star is the faintest of the seven which form the Dipper.A Field Book of the Stars
William Tyler Olcott
This explained the absence of the rustic seat and the dipper.Rudder Grange
Frank R. Stockton
- a ladle used for dipping
- Also called: water ouzel any aquatic songbird of the genus Cinclus and family Cinclidae, esp C. cinclus. They inhabit fast-flowing streams and resemble large wrens
- a slang word for pickpocket
- a person or thing that dips, such as the mechanism for directing car headlights downwards
- a small metal cup clipped onto a painter's palette for holding diluent or medium
- archaic an Anabaptist
- the US and Canadian name for Plough
- the Little Dipper US and Canadian a small faint constellation, the brightest star of which is the Pole Star, lying 1° from the true celestial poleAlso known as: Ursa Minor, the Bear, the Little Bear
- (in amusement parks) a narrow railway with open carriages that run swiftly over a route of sharp curves and steep inclinesAlso called: roller coaster
Word Origin and History for dipper
late 14c., as a type of diving bird, agent noun from dip (v.). As a ladle or long-handled utensil for drawing liquid, from 1783, chiefly American English. As the popular U.S. name for the asterism known in Britain as The Plough or Charles' Wain, attested by 1833.
- An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Major. Four stars form the bowl and three form the handle in the outline of a dipper.
- An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Minor that form the outline of a dipper.