Didapper

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Didapper (Zoöl) See Dabchick.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n didapper The dabchick or little grebe of Europe, Podicipes or Sylbeocyclus minor.
    • n didapper One of sundry other small grebes, as the pied-billed dabchick, Podilymbus podicipes.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Didapper did′ap-ėr a water-bird that is constantly dipping or diving under water—also called the Dabchick.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
For divedapper,. See Dive Dap Dip, and cf. Dabchick
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A compound of dive and dapper (which is a variant of dipper). See Dip and Dive.

Usage

In literature:

The first Beau Didapper of a critic that passes can shove him aside.
"Letters on Literature" by Andrew Lang
If we stood off th' little didapper all night, you know we can all day.
"The Cruise of the Dry Dock" by T. S. Stribling
Mr Didapper, or beau Didapper, was a young gentleman of about four foot five inches in height.
"Joseph Andrews, Vol. 2" by Henry Fielding
He is so afflicted at her death, that he throws himself into the sea, and is transformed into a didapper.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
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