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skipper1

[skip-er]
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noun
  1. the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel.
  2. a captain or leader, as of a team.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to act as skipper of.
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Origin of skipper1

1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch schipper, equivalent to schip ship1 + -er -er1

skipper2

[skip-er]
noun
  1. a person or thing that skips.
  2. any of various insects that hop or fly with jerky motions.
  3. any of numerous quick-flying, lepidopterous insects of the family Hesperiidae, closely related to the true butterflies.
  4. saury(def 1).
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Origin of skipper2

1200–50; Middle English: locust. See skip1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for skipper

skipper1

noun
  1. the captain of any vessel
  2. the captain of an aircraft
  3. a manager or leader, as of a sporting team
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verb
  1. to act as skipper (of)
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Word Origin

C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper shipper

skipper2

noun
  1. a person or thing that skips
  2. any small butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, having a hairy mothlike body and erratic darting flight
  3. another name for saury
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Word Origin and History for skipper

n.1

"captain or master of a ship," late 14c., from Middle Dutch scipper, from scip (see ship (n.)). Cf. English shipper, used from late 15c. to 17c. in sense "skipper." Transferred sense of "captain of a sporting team" is from 1830.

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n.2

"one who skips," mid-15c., agent noun from skip (v.). As a type of butterfly, 1817, from its manner of flight.

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