Origin of flipper
adjective, flip·per, flip·pest. Informal.
Origin of flip3
Examples from the Web for 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.
He thought what would happen if that shark threw one flipper over the side of his raft.Sally Scott of the Waves|Roy J. Snell
It gave him a chance of driving the harpoon under the flipper of the male.Fast in the Ice|R.M. Ballantyne
Scotty followed in a direct line, letting Rick pick the course, and following by the feeling of Rick's flipper wash on his cheeks.The Flying Stingaree|Harold Leland Goodwin
I enticed him around to one side, and that, naturally, made the rope drop from under his flipper.The Motor Boys in Strange Waters|Clarence Young
Troth, and sich an act is'nt to be sneezed at, so give us your flipper, messmate.'Fanny Campbell, The Female Pirate Captain|Maturin Murray Ballou
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.