skipper

1
[ skip-er ]
/ ˈskɪp ər /

noun

the master or captain of a vessel, especially of a small trading or fishing vessel.
a captain or leader, as of a team.

verb (used with object)

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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British Dictionary definitions for skippering (1 of 3)

skippering
/ (ˈskɪpərɪŋ) /

noun

slang the practice of sleeping rough

Word Origin for skippering

C20: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for skippering (2 of 3)

skipper1
/ (ˈskɪpə) /

noun

the captain of any vessel
the captain of an aircraft
a manager or leader, as of a sporting team

verb

to act as skipper (of)

Word Origin for skipper

C14: from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schipper shipper

British Dictionary definitions for skippering (3 of 3)

skipper2
/ (ˈskɪpə) /

noun

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
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