Main definitions of skipper in English

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skipper1

noun

informal
  • 1The captain of a ship or boat.

    • ‘Ransa will supply the vessel and a skipper if you need one.’
    • ‘That means that you - the boat's skipper - should remain on deck to act as lookout.’
    • ‘With little fuel left, the fishing boat's skipper decided the only option was to try to escape overland to neutral Sweden.’
    • ‘The starting point very much depends on where the boat skipper places the shotline.’
    • ‘Boat skippers can cause mishaps on the water with similarly rash behavior.’
    • ‘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 skipper of the vessel shouted an order to a crewman.’
    • ‘Despite an extensive sea search it has so far failed to locate the body of the skipper whose name is still being withheld.’
    • ‘Mills was ploughing through the fleet on his 60 ft super yacht when his skipper spotted two boats flying the French tricolor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Over 70 charter skippers and a few dedicated anglers took part in the 2004 Marine Sport fish Tagging Programme.’
    • ‘The prawn trawler skipper dashed to the harbour where he keeps his boat.’
    • ‘Dive charter skipper John Walker looked over the trio's dive plan and planned his own search.’
    • ‘He has worked as a dive charter skipper in Australia and knows why missing divers are so hard to spot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Does he think he was the skipper of that boat taking Martin Sheen to Colonel Kurtz?’
    • ‘Trawler skippers who entered the zone faced fines of up to £50,000.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It isn't meant as an indictment of the ship's skippers, who have taken their share of heat through the years.’
    • ‘Gary Kane had been the skipper of the boat in which all four crew perished.’
    commander, master, skipper
    leader, head, skipper
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    1. 1.1The captain of a team in a game or sport.
      • ‘Pool, led from the front by their new Australian skipper Simon Dart, are showing good early season form.’
      • ‘Our skipper plays games against teams with dominant closers as if they are eight innings long.’
      • ‘Nedved showed in the recent European Championships that the Czech skipper is truly up there with the best in his sport.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reds have lost their opening two Super League games but skipper Goulding believes the Reds can turn things round before long.’
      • ‘And the South Park skipper decided to hold on for the draw in the last over.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And the Wanderers' club skipper insists he is not whistling in the wind.’
      • ‘Until the foreign-based players join the squad, Zanaco midfielder Numba Mumamba remains the skipper of the side.’
      • ‘Acomb had few problems against a beleaguered Huntington, who lost skipper Darren Willis to an ankle injury.’
      • ‘At 40, Terry Francona is the game's youngest skipper, and his ability to relate to players is an obvious strength.’
      • ‘At 31-3 ahead Malton lost skipper Creber with a hamstring problem.’
      • ‘He should be retained skipper till the 2007 World Cup.’
      • ‘The charismatic South African skipper warns: " Don't write us off".’
      • ‘The South African skipper has flared as one of the brightest new talents on the international scene.’
      • ‘Soames is not letting the poor form of his side drag him down and the young skipper was top scorer with 44.’
      • ‘The ex-Salford skipper did not play competitive rugby for the whole of last season.’
      • ‘The Kiwi skipper has handled his players deftly and with a greater maturity.’
      • ‘They know, with the skipper in the side, they won't be lacking guidance and a driving force.’
    2. 1.2The captain of an aircraft.
      • ‘Tasar skippers must have as a minimum a YA basic skills certificate of competency.’
      • ‘Done with maneuvers, a US Navy aircraft carrier skipper decided to let his crew vote on which port to visit for shore leave.’
      • ‘Our skipper would serve as aircraft commander; he also was the air wing's top-hook aviator.’
      • ‘The Air Force skipper gave us the keys to take the jet to Millington, Tennessee.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Once upon a time, a safety officer had a skipper who told him to do a stand-down.’
      • ‘Unknown to our crew, the skipper had told the squadron our aircraft had ditched, and survivor status was unknown.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Act as captain of.

    • ‘Coutts was a wonderful sailor who had skippered Alinghi to victory in the America's Cup, and deserved to be recognised for that feat.’
    • ‘She was launched in 1992 and skippered by Lawrie Smith in the following year's Round the World race.’
    • ‘Sean skippered the ‘Yellow Rose’ to many splendid victories.’
    • ‘Amer Sports One, skippered by Grant Dalton, lay just 40 miles adrift.’
    • ‘After the Gulf, Donald served in the Indian Ocean, where he skippered a mine-sweeper dealing with Japanese mines.’
    • ‘Philip, 46, skippered a yacht carrying 3.7 tonnes of cannabis - worth 11 million - from North Africa to Cornwall.’
    • ‘Simon Talbot from St Osyth was skippering a 53 ft yacht on a trip from Sweden to Cork when the accident happened.’
    • ‘For the past eight years he has skippered boats for whale shark tours.’
    • ‘Lovesick Goodman was nabbed while skippering his seven-metre yacht RoyAnna.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Captain Ting skippered the boat for the day.’
    • ‘He skippered his own boat the " Sean Og ", at eighteen.’
    • ‘Edwards skippered yacht Maiden in the 1990 round the world yachting race with an all woman crew, the first time it had been done.’
    • ‘As is usual for J & M Bar the boat was skippered by Captain Dang.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His crew that went to Auckland for the 2002-03 Cup skippered by Ian Walker finished seventh out of nine challengers.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Middle Dutch and Middle Low German schipper, from schip ship.

Pronunciation:

skipper

/ˈskipər/

Main definitions of skipper in English

: skipper1skipper2

skipper2

noun

  • 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. 1.1Used 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.

    • ‘The reserve is also home to a large number of butterfly species including green hairsteak, dingy skipper and dark green fritillary.’
    • ‘Some butterflies they attract are spicebush swallowtails, monarchs, fritillaries, whites, skippers, and a host of others.’
    • ‘I'm delighted that mangrove skipper butterflies find them to their liking.’
    • ‘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?’
  • 3The Atlantic saury (see saury)

    saury

Pronunciation:

skipper

/ˈskipər/