- the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel.
- a captain or leader, as of a team.
- to act as skipper of.
Origin of skipper1
Origin of skipper2
Examples from the Web for skipper
Contemporary Examples of skipper
“We always say addiction is an equal opportunity affliction,” Skipper said.
“The minute they blow, you can call the airline and pull them off flight status,” Skipper said.
After 48 hours at the helm, the skipper knew he needed to rest, so Lennon would have to steer for a while.How John Lennon Rediscovered His Music in Bermuda
November 3, 2013
Scott carried on as skipper of the station, with its 10-hour work days, while assuming the added duty of concerned brother.Scott Kelly: Gabrielle Giffords' Brother-in-Law in Space
Peter J. Boyer
February 18, 2011
We do what we can when Skipper loses her lunch money, pay for college if we can, help out with the first-day-at-work suit.'Mom, Dad—I Need $96K'
July 10, 2009
Historical Examples of skipper
"Your story is quite to the point, Skipper," said the Doctor.The Works of Whittier, Volume V (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
In the dory the skipper, bending at his oars, was not two yards astern.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
As I mounted, our wagonmaster rode by me, busy as a skipper in a storm.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Old Captain Hopkin's was master, and our present skipper was mate.
She has also a skipper, who is something of a character in his way.Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)
William Delisle Hay
- the captain of any vessel
- the captain of an aircraft
- a manager or leader, as of a sporting team
- to act as skipper (of)
Word Origin for skipper
- a person or thing that skips
- any small butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, having a hairy mothlike body and erratic darting flight
- another name for saury
"captain or master of a ship," late 14c., from Middle Dutch scipper, from scip (see ship (n.)). Cf. English shipper, used from late 15c. to 17c. in sense "skipper." Transferred sense of "captain of a sporting team" is from 1830.
"one who skips," mid-15c., agent noun from skip (v.). As a type of butterfly, 1817, from its manner of flight.