[ dip-er ]
/ ˈdɪp ər /
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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.



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Origin of dipper

1350–1400; Middle English: diving bird; see dip1, -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for dipper

/ (ˈdɪpə) /


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
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