skipper

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English skippere, skyppere, scippere, borrowed from Middle Dutch scipper, schipper, from Old Dutch *skipāri, from Proto-Germanic *skipārijaz. Piecewise doublet of shipper, from ship +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

skipper (plural skippers)

  1. (nautical) The master of a ship.
    Synonyms: master, captain
  2. A coach, director, or other leader.
  3. (sports) The captain of a sports team such as football, cricket, rugby or curling.
    • 2010 December 29, Sam Sheringham, “Liverpool 0-1 Wolverhampton”, in BBC[2]:
      But even the return of skipper Steven Gerrard from a six-week injury layoff could not inspire Liverpool
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  • German: Skipper
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Verb[edit]

skipper (third-person singular simple present skippers, present participle skippering, simple past and past participle skippered)

  1. (transitive) To captain a ship or a sports team.
    • 2019, Tony Perrottet, “A Deep Dive Into the Plans to Take Tourists to the ‘Titanic’”, in Smithsonian Magazine:
      Tourist subs, which could once be skippered by anyone with a U.S. Coast Guard captain’s license

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English skippere, skyppare, equivalent to skip +‎ -er.

Noun[edit]

skipper (plural skippers)

  1. Agent noun of skip: one who skips.
  2. A person who skips, or fails to attend class.
  3. (sports) One who jumps rope.
  4. Any of various butterflies of the families Hesperiidae and its subfamily Megathyminae, having a hairy mothlike body, hooked tips on the antennae, and a darting flight pattern.[1]
    • c. 1864, John Clare, We passed by green closes:
      Blue skippers in sunny hours ope and shut
      Where wormwood and grunsel flowers by the cart ruts []
  5. Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially Cololabis saira (Pacific saury) and Sprattus sprattus (European sprat).
  6. (obsolete) A young, thoughtless person.[2]
  7. The cheese maggot, the larva of a cheese fly (family Piophilidae), which leaps to escape predators.[3]
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Etymology 3[edit]

Probably from Welsh ysgubor (a barn).

Noun[edit]

skipper (plural skippers)

  1. A barn or shed in which to shelter for the night.
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Verb[edit]

skipper (third-person singular simple present skippers, present participle skippering, simple past and past participle skippered)

  1. (intransitive) To take shelter in a barn or shed.

Etymology 4[edit]

Unknown, perhaps related to jumper.[4]

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Noun[edit]

skipper (plural skippers)

  1. (South Africa) A short-sleeved (or long-sleeved) tee-shirt, or sweatshirt.
    Synonyms: jumper, tee-shirt
    • 1971, Golden City Post, 26 June
      Plain nylon doeks...Men's knitted skippers, long sleeves, three buttons in front.
    • 1987, w:Eastern Province Herald, 19 August
      The special constables..were issued with one pair of boots, two overalls, one raincoat, and two skippers — but no shirts or warm coats.
    • 1990 May 26, O. Musi, Drum Magazine:
      My neighbour's little boy pestered his dad for a 'Viva' T-shirt. This long-suffering man pointed out to his son that he had been sharing his w:Cosatu skipper with him.., but the kid..did not want to wear it any longer as it was not, as he put it, 'skipa sa Mandela'.

References[edit]

  1. ^ skipper”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  2. ^ skipper”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  3. ^ skipper”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
  4. ^ Dictionary of South African English[1], (please provide a date or year)

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English skipper.

Pronunciation 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

skipper m (plural skippers)

  1. skipper

Pronunciation 2[edit]

Verb[edit]

skipper

  1. to skipper
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Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unadapted borrowing from English skipper.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈskip.per/
  • Rhymes: -ipper
  • Hyphenation: skìp‧per

Noun[edit]

skipper m (invariable)

  1. (nautical) skipper (person in charge of a vessel)

Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German schipper.

Noun[edit]

skipper m (definite singular skipperen, indefinite plural skippere, definite plural skipperne)

  1. (nautical) a skipper

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German schipper.

Noun[edit]

skipper m (definite singular skipperen, indefinite plural skipperar, definite plural skipperane)

  1. (nautical) a skipper

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