skipper

Definitions

  • "The skipper glanced at his watch."
    "The skipper glanced at his watch."
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v skipper work as the skipper on a vessel
    • n skipper the naval officer in command of a military ship
    • n skipper an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship
    • n skipper a student who fails to attend classes
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The skipper cruelly kicked the Chinaman." "The skipper cruelly kicked the Chinaman."
"'Good evening, skipper!'" "'Good evening, skipper!'"

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Captain William Driver, skipper of the brig Charles Doggett, was the first person to call the American flag "Old Glory". He made a ceremony of it in 1824.
    • Skipper A ship boy.
    • Skipper A young, thoughtless person.
    • Skipper (Zoöl) Any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family Hesperiadæ; -- so called from their peculiar short, jerking flight.
    • Skipper One who, or that which, skips.
    • Skipper The cheese maggot. See Cheese fly, under Cheese.
    • Skipper (Naut) The master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel.
    • Skipper (Zoöl) The saury (Scomberesox saurus).
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: For two years, during the 1970s, Mattel marketed a doll called "Growing Up Skipper." Her breasts grew when her arm was turned.
    • n skipper One who or that which skips or jumps; a leaper; a dancer.
    • n skipper A locust.
    • n skipper A trifling, thoughtless person; a skipjack.
    • n skipper In entomology:
    • n skipper A hesperian; any butterfly of the family Hesperiidæ: so called from their quick, darting, or jerky flight. Also called hopper. See cut under Hesperia.
    • n skipper The larva of the cheese-fly, Piophila casei; a cheese-hopper. See cut under cheese-fly.
    • n skipper One of certain water-beetles or -boatmen of the family Notonectidæ. See cut under water-boatman.
    • n skipper A skipjack, snapping-bug, or click-beetle. See cut under click-beetle.
    • n skipper The saury pike, Scomberesox saurus. See cut under saury.
    • n skipper Same as skip, 4.
    • skipper To move with short skips; skip.
    • n skipper The master of a small trading or merchant vessel; a sea-captain; hence, in familiar use, one having the principal charge in any kind of vessel.
    • n skipper A barn; an outhouse; a shed or other place of shelter used as a lodging.
    • skipper To take shelter in a barn, shed, or other rude lodging: sometimes with indefinite it.
    • n skipper Same as climbing-fish, 2.
    • n skipper In cricket, the captain of a cricket eleven.
    • n skipper Also the commander of any other body of men, as of a company of soldiers; a leader.
    • skipper To command a ship; command and drill (as sailors); serve as skipper to.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The dragons and other monsters that graced the bows of the Viking ships were so fierce-looking that a law was passed in Iceland ordering the skipper of any Viking ship to remove the figurehead before entering port.
    • Skipper one who skips: a dancer:
    • n Skipper skip′ėr the master of a merchant-ship
    • n Skipper skip′ėr a barn, a shed in which to shelter for the night
    • v.i Skipper to shelter in such a place
    • Skipper (Shak.) a young thoughtless person: a hesperian butterfly
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
D. schipper,. See Shipper, and Ship
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Either Celt., according to Skeat, from Ir. sgiob, to snatch, Gael. sgiab, to move suddenly, W. ysgipio, to snatch away; or Teut., conn. with Ice. skopa, to run.

Usage

In literature:

The skipper and the king understood each other.
"Ran Away to Sea" by Mayne Reid
He almost forgot that he was the skipper of an elderly craft which should have been scrapped before he was born.
"The Pirates of Ersatz" by Murray Leinster
Then there was silence while the skipper gathered breath for a masterpiece of profanity.
"The Aliens" by Murray Leinster
Seth Allport, talking it over with the skipper and Mr Rawlings, gave a scientific explanation from his medical lore.
"Picked up at Sea" by J.C. Hutcheson
Apparently, the skipper had followed with the rest of the con crew.
"Attrition" by Jim Wannamaker
Also, to my mind, there was some uncertainty as to the reception the Speedwell's skipper would give us.
"The Cryptogram" by William Murray Graydon
Skipper James was off to prayer meeting.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
At length, however, the skipper grew disgusted, and determined to see whether better fortune awaited us farther afield.
"A Middy of the King" by Harry Collingwood
After repeating, in the gentlest of tones, his desire to serve him, the young skipper turned to depart.
"Freaks of Fortune" by Oliver Optic
Adair pointed this out to the old skipper, and made him understand that he considered the vessel his lawful prize.
"The Three Commanders" by W.H.G. Kingston
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In poetry:

An' 'e'd got 'er 'ome
For Christmas, 'ad the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
'Cos I mean to get 'er 'ome
For Christmas, did the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
"'Cos I mean to get 'er 'ome
For Christmas," said the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
"But I'm goin' to git 'er 'ome
For Christmas," said the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam.
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
"I'm goin' to get 'er 'ome
For Christmas," said the skipper
O' the clipper
Flyin' Foam . . .
"Home For Christmas — Old Style" by Cicely Fox Smith
"Stormy's dead," I heard them say, "he's dead and gone to rest";
Of all the skippers I have known old Stormy was the best,
His name was known on every sea, his fame on many a shore,
And Stormy's dead, that good old man, he'll sail the sea no more.
"Old Stormy" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

Skippers get $3 price they sought after 11-day pause.
Tom Rebar, skipper of the Arctic Transport, informed the Coast Guard Monday that the 203-foot ship was experiencing engine problems.
Skipper attracts big fish feeding at the surface.
Lazio skipper Stefano Mauri and Italy defender Domenico Criscito.
GOP's Skipper , Bryant, and Bowen.
Mr Skipper 's life is one to be marveled and respected because he witnessed almost a century of American History.
The dun skipper is found from Maine south to Florida and west to Washington and California.
He took "Hip Skipper 's" place and worked part-time playing gospel music on Sunday mornings.
Skipper , age 78 of Conyers, died Sunday January 1, 2012.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Dr James Skipper , Conyers.
Son & daughter-in-law, Jacob Thomas & Alison Skipper , Milton.
Daughter, Zena Skipper , Cumming.
Grandchildren, Jared Skipper , Makenna Skipper , Hannah Grace Skipper .
Tacoma author Jason Skipper 's first novel "Hustle" lands you right in the middle of a very tough life – one that he lived through himself.
Dezmond Skipper , a 2011 graduate of Woodland High School in Henry County, Ga.
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In science:

Hebert, P.D.N., Penton, E.H., Burns, J.M., Janzen, D.H., Hallwachs, W.: Ten species in one: DNA barcoding reveals cryptic species in the neotropical skipper butterfly astraptes fulgerator.
On-line relational SOM for dissimilarity data
How, you probably don’t wish to know, did your authors vote on the various Plutonian issues? Not at all, it turns out, for the one who was there was skippering the team of students who ran up and down the aisles counting the raised yellow cards of the voters (slightly different from raised hackles, but not entirely).
Astrophysics in 2006
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