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  1. a broad, flat limb, as of a seal or whale, especially adapted for swimming.

  2. Also called fin. one of a pair of paddlelike devices, usually of rubber, worn on the feet as an aid in scuba diving and swimming.

  1. Theater. a narrow flat hinged or attached at right angles to a larger flat.

  2. Slang. the hand.

  3. someone or something that flips.

Origin of flipper

First recorded in 1815–25; flip1 + -er1

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British Dictionary definitions for flipper


/ (ˈflɪpə) /

  1. the flat broad limb of seals, whales, penguins, and other aquatic animals, specialized for swimming

  2. Also called: fin (often plural) either of a pair of rubber paddle-like devices worn on the feet as an aid in swimming, esp underwater

  1. cricket a ball bowled with backspin imparted by the action of the bowler's wrist

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Scientific definitions for flipper


[ flĭpər ]

  1. A wide, flat limb adapted for swimming, found on aquatic animals such as whales, seals, and sea turtles. Flippers evolved from legs.

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