dipper

[dip-er]

noun

a person or thing that dips.
a cuplike container with a long handle, used for dipping liquids.
(initial capital letter) Astronomy.
  1. Big Dipper.
  2. Little Dipper.
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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. dipodic,
  2. dipody,
  3. dipolar ion,
  4. dipole,
  5. dipole moment,
  6. dippy,
  7. dipropellant,
  8. dipropyltryptamine,
  9. diprotic,
  10. diprotodon

Origin of dipper

1350–1400; Middle English: diving bird; see dip1, -er1

Little Dipper

noun Astronomy.

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.

Big Dipper

noun Astronomy.

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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British Dictionary definitions for dipper

dipper

noun

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
See also big dipper

Big Dipper

noun

the US and Canadian name for Plough

Little Dipper

noun

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

big dipper

noun

(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
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Science definitions for dipper

Big Dipper

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.

Little Dipper

[lĭtl]

An asterism composed of seven stars in the constellation Ursa Minor that form the outline of a dipper.
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Culture definitions for dipper

Big Dipper

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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