One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The captain of a ship or boat.
commander, master, skipperleader, head, skipperView synonyms
- ‘He has worked as a dive charter skipper in Australia and knows why missing divers are so hard to spot.’
- ‘Despite an extensive sea search it has so far failed to locate the body of the skipper whose name is still being withheld.’
- ‘Does he think he was the skipper of that boat taking Martin Sheen to Colonel Kurtz?’
- ‘The skipper of their dive boat sent a Mayday to Humberside Coastguard at 5.15 pm after the two had returned to the boat.’
- ‘The rescued men included the Taiwanese skipper of the vessel as well as two Taiwanese and two Vietnamese workers.’
- ‘The skippers and ship owners may be fined £32,000 each.’
- ‘The starting point very much depends on where the boat skipper places the shotline.’
- ‘Over 70 charter skippers and a few dedicated anglers took part in the 2004 Marine Sport fish Tagging Programme.’
- ‘Mills was ploughing through the fleet on his 60 ft super yacht when his skipper spotted two boats flying the French tricolor.’
- ‘Boat skippers can cause mishaps on the water with similarly rash behavior.’
- ‘Trawler skippers who entered the zone faced fines of up to £50,000.’
- ‘The best diving is usually found on the exposed north side of off-shore reefs, but boat skippers prefer to moor up in the lee.’
- ‘That means that you - the boat's skipper - should remain on deck to act as lookout.’
- ‘It isn't meant as an indictment of the ship's skippers, who have taken their share of heat through the years.’
- ‘Unable to find and contain the source of flooding, the skipper of the sinking boat moved his crew to the safety of the other boat.’
- ‘The skipper of the vessel shouted an order to a crewman.’
- ‘With little fuel left, the fishing boat's skipper decided the only option was to try to escape overland to neutral Sweden.’
- ‘Gary Kane had been the skipper of the boat in which all four crew perished.’
- ‘Dive charter skipper John Walker looked over the trio's dive plan and planned his own search.’
- ‘The prawn trawler skipper dashed to the harbour where he keeps his boat.’
- ‘Ransa will supply the vessel and a skipper if you need one.’
- 1.1 The captain of a team in a game or sport.
- ‘The ex-Salford skipper did not play competitive rugby for the whole of last season.’
- ‘Our skipper plays games against teams with dominant closers as if they are eight innings long.’
- ‘Pool, led from the front by their new Australian skipper Simon Dart, are showing good early season form.’
- ‘He should be retained skipper till the 2007 World Cup.’
- ‘At 31-3 ahead Malton lost skipper Creber with a hamstring problem.’
- ‘At 40, Terry Francona is the game's youngest skipper, and his ability to relate to players is an obvious strength.’
- ‘Reds have lost their opening two Super League games but skipper Goulding believes the Reds can turn things round before long.’
- ‘They know, with the skipper in the side, they won't be lacking guidance and a driving force.’
- ‘And the Wanderers' club skipper insists he is not whistling in the wind.’
- ‘The South African skipper has flared as one of the brightest new talents on the international scene.’
- ‘The charismatic South African skipper warns: " Don't write us off".’
- ‘The Kiwi skipper has handled his players deftly and with a greater maturity.’
- ‘Soames is not letting the poor form of his side drag him down and the young skipper was top scorer with 44.’
- ‘And the South Park skipper decided to hold on for the draw in the last over.’
- ‘At the end of the game, as Hammers skipper Billy Bonds lifted the cup, Allen's emotions got the better of him and the tears rolled down.’
- ‘Acomb had few problems against a beleaguered Huntington, who lost skipper Darren Willis to an ankle injury.’
- ‘Nedved showed in the recent European Championships that the Czech skipper is truly up there with the best in his sport.’
- ‘Until the foreign-based players join the squad, Zanaco midfielder Numba Mumamba remains the skipper of the side.’
- ‘If what you want from your skipper is to overhit balls and otherwise remain anonymous, then Cafu fulfilled his brief.’
- ‘Take your pick from the central defensive duo of Paddy McLoughlin and stand-in skipper Ruairi Boyle.’
- 1.2 The captain of an aircraft.
airman, airwoman, flyer, aeronautView synonyms
- ‘Done with maneuvers, a US Navy aircraft carrier skipper decided to let his crew vote on which port to visit for shore leave.’
- ‘The Air Force skipper gave us the keys to take the jet to Millington, Tennessee.’
- ‘Unknown to our crew, the skipper had told the squadron our aircraft had ditched, and survivor status was unknown.’
- ‘The skipper followed me as I spiralled down as slowly as possible.’
- ‘I caught it one day from the skipper which may help to explain why, in my book, he was one of the greatest guys I ever knew.’
- ‘Tasar skippers must have as a minimum a YA basic skills certificate of competency.’
- ‘Once upon a time, a safety officer had a skipper who told him to do a stand-down.’
- ‘Our skipper would serve as aircraft commander; he also was the air wing's top-hook aviator.’
Act as captain of.
fly, be at the controls of, control, handle, manoeuvre, drive, operate, steer, regulate, monitor, direct, captainView synonyms
- ‘Simon Talbot from St Osyth was skippering a 53 ft yacht on a trip from Sweden to Cork when the accident happened.’
- ‘Lovesick Goodman was nabbed while skippering his seven-metre yacht RoyAnna.’
- ‘Captain Ting skippered the boat for the day.’
- ‘His crew that went to Auckland for the 2002-03 Cup skippered by Ian Walker finished seventh out of nine challengers.’
- ‘Philip, 46, skippered a yacht carrying 3.7 tonnes of cannabis - worth 11 million - from North Africa to Cornwall.’
- ‘Coutts was a wonderful sailor who had skippered Alinghi to victory in the America's Cup, and deserved to be recognised for that feat.’
- ‘Edwards skippered yacht Maiden in the 1990 round the world yachting race with an all woman crew, the first time it had been done.’
- ‘Amer Sports One, skippered by Grant Dalton, lay just 40 miles adrift.’
- ‘Sean skippered the ‘Yellow Rose’ to many splendid victories.’
- ‘The Bronington, once skippered by Prince Charles, has been moored on the Manchester Ship Canal in Trafford Park for 12 years as a visitor attraction.’
- ‘For the past eight years he has skippered boats for whale shark tours.’
- ‘After the Gulf, Donald served in the Indian Ocean, where he skippered a mine-sweeper dealing with Japanese mines.’
- ‘As is usual for J & M Bar the boat was skippered by Captain Dang.’
- ‘She was launched in 1992 and skippered by Lawrie Smith in the following year's Round the World race.’
- ‘When we see her, we remember that hot July day doing five knots pulling Jess and Jerry on a tube and Russ skippering his first yacht.’
- ‘He skippered his own boat the " Sean Og ", at eighteen.’
Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch, Middle Low German schipper, from schip ‘ship’.
1A person or thing that skips.
- ‘But these aren't any ordinary bit of rope, just as the competitors in the International Rope Skipping Championships aren't any ordinary skippers.’
- 1.1 Used in names of small insects and crustaceans that skip or hop.
- ‘Predator avoidance is a significant factor driving the evolutionary development of silver-spotted skipper caterpillars.’
- ‘One universal curing practice was the use of red pepper, which was rubbed into exposed areas, to prevent contamination by skipper flies.’
2A small brownish mothlike butterfly with rapid darting flight.
- ‘Some butterflies they attract are spicebush swallowtails, monarchs, fritillaries, whites, skippers, and a host of others.’
- ‘The reserve is also home to a large number of butterfly species including green hairsteak, dingy skipper and dark green fritillary.’
- ‘I saw fritillaries, red admirals, and a couple of kinds of skippers up there this afternoon.’
- ‘Swallowtails, cabbage whites, skippers, and orange sulphurs follow scent trails to the tiny patches of flowers blooming furiously in the middle of the city.’
- ‘What distinguishes a true butterfly from a skipper or a moth?’
- ‘I'm delighted that mangrove skipper butterflies find them to their liking.’
3The Atlantic saury (fish).
A long-sleeved sweatshirt or T-shirt.
Of unknown origin.
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