flipper

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

flip + -er

Noun[edit]

flipper (plural flippers)

  1. in marine mammals such as whales, a wide flat limb, adapted for swimming
  2. a flat, wide, paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
  3. a flat lever in a pinball machine, used to keep the ball in play
  4. (cricket) A type of ball bowled by a leg spin bowler, which spins backwards and skids off the pitch with a low bounce
  5. (informal, US) television remote control, clicker
  6. (dated, slang) The hand.
  7. (dentistry) A kind of false tooth, usually temporary.
    • 2005, Washington appellate reports: Volume 128
      Dr. Woo attempts to distinguish Blakeslee by pointing out that “one can fondle a breast without having anything to do with dentistry, but one cannot take molds, fabricate and insert flippers into another person's mouth without practicing dentistry."
  8. A kitchen spatula

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Verb[edit]

flipper (third-person singular simple present flippers, present participle flippering, simple past and past participle flippered)

  1. to lift one or both flipper out of the water and slap the surface of the water

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From American English flipper, the part of a pinball machine used to strike the ball up higher on the game surface.

Noun[edit]

flipper m (plural flippers)

  1. pinball

Etymology 2[edit]

From American English to flip.

Verb[edit]

flipper

  1. to freak out
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Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

flipper m (invariable)

  1. pinball (game and machine)

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