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[skim-er] /ˈskɪm ər/
a person or thing that skims.
a shallow utensil, usually perforated, used in skimming liquids.
any of several gull-like birds of the family Rynchopidae, that skim the water with the elongated lower mandible immersed while in search of food.
a stiff, wide-brimmed hat with a shallow flat crown, usually made of straw.
a woman's A-line dress with side darts that shape it slightly to the body.
Origin of skimmer
1350-1400; skim + -er1; replacing Middle English skemour, skymour, variant of schumour < Middle French (e)scumoir ladle for skimming; see scum Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for skimmer
Historical Examples
  • Our reputations would be as full of holes as a skimmer by this time.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Said afore 'twas done he was so leaky with spear holes that he cast a shadder like a skimmer.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Then place them in a skimmer (ladle with holes) and dip in boiling water or broth.

    The Italian Cook Book Maria Gentile
  • We must take them out at once with the skimmer, or they will burn and spoil the colour of our fat.

  • When they have boiled four or five minutes, take them up with a skimmer.

  • Especially may this be done where a dipper or skimmer without holes is used.

    Hints on Dairying T. D. Curtis
  • Joe dropped them in the kettle, and Hal took them out with the skimmer.

    The Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

    Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Remove one at a time with a skimmer or fork, and drop on paraffine paper.

    Candy-Making at Home Mary M. Wright
  • Take them up in about two minutes and a half, with a skimmer.

    The Young Housekeeper's Friend

    Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
  • This done, take it out into the wooden bowl with a ladle or skimmer.

    The Young Housekeeper's Friend

    Mrs. (Mary Hooker) Cornelius
British Dictionary definitions for skimmer


a person or thing that skims
any of several mainly tropical coastal aquatic birds of the genus Rhynchops, having long narrow wings and a bill with an elongated lower mandible for skimming food from the surface of the water: family Rynchopidae, order Charadriiformes
a flat perforated spoon used for skimming fat from liquids
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Word Origin and History for skimmer

"skimming utensil," late 14c., agent noun from skim (v.). From 1751 as "one who reads superficially." The North American shore bird (1785) is so called from its method of feeding. As "one who diverts money from earnings for some private purpose" by 1970.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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