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Etymology 1[edit]

skim +‎ -er



skimmer (plural skimmers)

  1. A device that skims.
    1. A sieve-like, slotted spoon.
    2. A device used to read and record the magnetic code from a credit card for later fraudulent use.
  2. A person who skims.
  3. Any of three species of bird in the genus Rynchops of the family Laridae, that feed by skimming the surface of water bodies with their bills in flight.
  4. Any of several large bivalve shells, sometimes used for skimming milk, such as the sea clam (Spisula solidissima) and large scallops.
  5. A ballet flat shoe.
  6. (entomology) Any of the dragonflies in the family Libellulidae.
  7. (naval) A sailor in the surface forces, as opposed to a submariner.
  8. (naval) A surface ship.
  9. (science fiction) A small, fast-moving spacecraft.
    • 2015, Aurora Springer, Grand Master's Pawn
      Kondric stood beside the skimmer for a moment, looking back at his warriors. They shouted and banged their swords on their shields. He raised his hand in farewell, and followed Violet into the cabin.
    • 2000, Carlie Simonsen, Rocky to the Rescue (page 2)
      They said no one landed on other planets. They said there was no such thing as a skimmer. Rocky hadn't believed them. They didn't know everything. He wished they could see the skimmer.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Northern variant of shimmer.


skimmer (third-person singular simple present skimmers, present participle skimmering, simple past and past participle skimmered)

  1. To shimmer.
  2. To move quickly, to flutter.
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, Oxford 2010, p. 9:
      …he was bounding over the heads of the maidens, and making his feet skimmer against the ceiling, enjoying, the while, the most ecstatic emotions.