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skipper

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[skip-er]
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noun
  1. the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel.
  2. a captain or leader, as of a team.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to act as skipper of.
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Origin of skipper

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1350–1400; Middle English < Middle Dutch schipper, equivalent to schip ship1 + -er -er1
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Related Words for skippering

maneuver, handle, sail, cross, cruise, operate, steer, inspect, command, fly, shoot, move, run, navigate, float, drift, sweep, leave, skim, reach

British Dictionary definitions for skippering

skippering

noun
  1. slang the practice of sleeping rough
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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
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verb
  1. to act as skipper (of)
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Word Origin for skipper

C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper shipper

skipper

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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.

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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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