The man who is the captain on your yacht is an example of the skipper.
- a person or thing that skips
- any of a family (Hesperiidae) of mostly small, heavy-bodied butterflies, having threadlike antennae usually ending in a hook, and characterized by short, erratic bursts of flight
- any skipping insect
- the captain of a ship, esp. of a small ship or boat
- Informal any leader, director, or captain
Origin of skipperMiddle English ; from Middle Dutch schipper ; from schip, a ship
- One that skips.
- Any of numerous butterflies of the families Hesperiidae and Megathymidae, having a hairy mothlike body, hooked tips on the antennae, and a darting flight pattern.
- Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially a saury.
- Nautical The master of a ship.
- A coach, director, or other leader.
transitive verbskip·pered, skip·per·ing, skip·pers
Origin of skipperMiddle English, from Middle Dutch, from scip, ship.
(third-person singular simple present skippers, present participle skippering, simple past and past participle skippered)
- To be the skipper of a ship
- Agent noun of skip: one who skips.
- A person who skips, or fails to attend class.
- 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.
- Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially Cololabis saira, the Pacific saury.
- The cheese maggot, the larva of a cheese fly, in Piophilidae, which leap to escape predators.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
See to skip.