- the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel.
- a captain or leader, as of a team.
- to act as skipper of.
Origin of skipper1
- slang the practice of sleeping rough
- the captain of any vessel
- the captain of an aircraft
- a manager or leader, as of a sporting team
- to act as skipper (of)
- a person or thing that skips
- any small butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, having a hairy mothlike body and erratic darting flight
- another name for saury
Word Origin and History for skippering
"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.
"one who skips," mid-15c., agent noun from skip (v.). As a type of butterfly, 1817, from its manner of flight.