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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 clams and large scallops.
  5. A ballet flat shoe.
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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.