From Middle English lepere, lepare, from Old English hlēapere (“runner, leaper, dancer, courier, vagrant”), equivalent to leap + -er. Compare Saterland Frisian Lööper (“runner”), West Frisian ljepper (“leaper”), West Frisian loper (“runner”), Dutch loper (“runner”), German Läufer (“runner”), Swedish löpare (“runner”), Icelandic hlaupari (“runner”).
leaper (plural leapers)
- One who leaps.
- A kind of hooked instrument for untwisting old cordage.
- (chess) A piece, like the knight, which moves a fixed distance, and ignores pieces in the way.