- a person or thing that skims.
- a shallow utensil, usually perforated, used in skimming liquids.
- any of several gull-like birds of the family Rynchopidae, that skim the water with the elongated lower mandible immersed while in search of food.
- a stiff, wide-brimmed hat with a shallow flat crown, usually made of straw.
- a woman's A-line dress with side darts that shape it slightly to the body.
Origin of skimmer
Related Words for skimmerhelmet, fedora, headgear, lid, straw, bucket, bonnet, sailor, skimmer, millinery, Stetson, Panama, chapeau, bowler, boater, sombrero, topper, tam, headpiece
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Historical Examples of skimmer
Our reputations would be as full of holes as a skimmer by this time.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
Said afore 'twas done he was so leaky with spear holes that he cast a shadder like a skimmer.Cape Cod Stories
Joseph C. Lincoln
Then place them in a skimmer (ladle with holes) and dip in boiling water or broth.The Italian Cook Book
We must take them out at once with the skimmer, or they will burn and spoil the colour of our fat.Little Folks (October 1884)
When they have boiled four or five minutes, take them up with a skimmer.The American Housewife
- a person or thing that skims
- any of several mainly tropical coastal aquatic birds of the genus Rhynchops, having long narrow wings and a bill with an elongated lower mandible for skimming food from the surface of the water: family Rynchopidae, order Charadriiformes
- a flat perforated spoon used for skimming fat from liquids
"skimming utensil," late 14c., agent noun from skim (v.). From 1751 as "one who reads superficially." The North American shore bird (1785) is so called from its method of feeding. As "one who diverts money from earnings for some private purpose" by 1970.