leaper

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Etymology[edit]

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).

Noun[edit]

leaper (plural leapers)

  1. One who leaps.
    • 1980, Anthony Burgess, Earthly Powers, New York: Avon, Chapter 39, p. 299,[1]
      [] I read in the Bulletin about some mad joker breaking into the little kangaroo and koala zoo in the suburbs and slaughtering seven adult leapers and three joeys.
    • 1989, John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany, New York: William Morrow, Chapter 6, p. 271,[2]
      In the winter—God knows why!—he liked basketball [] He played only in pickup games, to be sure—he could never have played on any of the teams—but he played with enthusiasm; he was quite a leaper, he had a jump shot that elevated him almost to eye level with the other players []
  2. A kind of hooked instrument for untwisting old cordage.
  3. (chess) A piece, like the knight, which moves a fixed distance, and ignores pieces in the way.
  4. A person whose birthday falls on 29 February

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