Origin of flipper
adjective, flip·per, flip·pest. Informal.
Origin of flip3
Related Words for flippercheeky, brazen, derisive, profane, rude, mocking, flippant, tongue-in-cheek, impish, devilish, buoyant, carefree, rollicking, jolly, playful, jovial, perky, sprightly, breezy, impulsive
Examples from the Web for flipper
Contemporary Examples of flipper
“The flipper is a living object, and you never play the same game on it,” says Colin.
Steel balls caromed around the table as the player massaged, tickled, pressed, and slammed the flipper buttons.
Looks like the only thing ready to come with him in this "real" moment is a fish named Flipper.9 Crazy On-the-Job Movie Meltdowns
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August 10, 2010
Historical Examples of flipper
I'm not sure that a seal's flipper might not be acceptable by to-morrow morning.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
I shook his flipper weakly and tried the dodge of pretending to recognise him.A Yeoman's Letters
P. T. Ross
It gave him a chance of driving the harpoon under the flipper of the male.Fast in the Ice
It was a nice, fat, luscious, flipper seal and dead as a door-nail.
Papik's second lance strikes through a flipper into the lungs.
verb flips, flipping or flipped
Word Origin for flip
"limb used to swim with," 1822, agent noun from flip (v.). Sense of "rubber fin for underwater swimming" is from 1945. Slang meaning "the hand" dates from 1836. Related: Flippers.
1590s (1520s in flip-flop), imitative or else a contraction of fillip (q.v.), which also is held to be imitative. Sense of "get excited" is first recorded 1950; flip one's lid "lose one's head, go wild" is from 1950. For flip (adj.) "glib," see flippant. Meaning "to flip a coin" (to decide something) is by 1879. As a noun by 1690s. Related: Flipped. Flipping (adj.) as euphemism for fucking is British slang first recorded 1911 in D.H. Lawrence. Flip side (of a gramophone record) is by 1949.
sailors' hot drink usually containing beer, brandy and sugar, 1690s, from flip (v.); so called from notion of it being "whipped up" or beaten.