a person or thing that dips.
a cuplike container with a long handle, used for dipping liquids.
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
1350–1400; Middle English:
diving bird; see dip1
the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Minor resembling a dipper in outline.
Origin of Little Dipper
First recorded in 1835–45
Also called Dipper.
the group of seven bright stars in Ursa Major resembling a dipper in outline.
Origin of Big Dipper
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called Dipper.
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Examples from the Web for dipper
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She was watching the little girl, who was running into the house with the dipper.
It is called the Dipper because it is shaped like a dipper with a long, bent handle.
Penn couldn't stand that no more'n a dog with a dipper to his tail.
This star is the faintest of the seven which form the Dipper.
This explained the absence of the rustic seat and the dipper.
British Dictionary definitions for dipper
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 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
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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.
American English name for the seven-star asterism (known in England as the plough; see Charles's Wain) in the constellation Ursa Major, first attested 1833 as simply the Dipper (sometimes Great Dipper, its companion constellation always being the Little Dipper). See dipper.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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.
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A constellation in the northern sky. The two stars on the far end of the bowl of the dipper point toward the North Star. The Big Dipper is part of the constellation Ursa Major (the Great Bear).
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