skipper

1
[skip-er]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to act as skipper of.

Origin of skipper

1
1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch schipper, equivalent to schip ship1 + -er -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for skippering

skippering

noun
  1. slang the practice of sleeping rough

Word Origin for skippering

C20: of unknown origin

skipper

1
noun
  1. the captain of any vessel
  2. the captain of an aircraft
  3. a manager or leader, as of a sporting team
verb
  1. to act as skipper (of)

Word Origin for skipper

C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper shipper

skipper

2
noun
  1. a person or thing that skips
  2. any small butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, having a hairy mothlike body and erratic darting flight
  3. another name for saury
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Word Origin and History for skippering

skipper

n.1

"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.

skipper

n.2

"one who skips," mid-15c., agent noun from skip (v.). As a type of butterfly, 1817, from its manner of flight.

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