One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The captain of a ship or boat.
commander, master, skipperleader, head, skipperView synonyms
- ‘Dive charter skipper John Walker looked over the trio's dive plan and planned his own search.’
- ‘The skipper of the vessel shouted an order to a crewman.’
- ‘The prawn trawler skipper dashed to the harbour where he keeps his boat.’
- ‘Does he think he was the skipper of that boat taking Martin Sheen to Colonel Kurtz?’
- ‘The skippers and ship owners may be fined £32,000 each.’
- ‘It isn't meant as an indictment of the ship's skippers, who have taken their share of heat through the years.’
- ‘Boat skippers can cause mishaps on the water with similarly rash behavior.’
- ‘The rescued men included the Taiwanese skipper of the vessel as well as two Taiwanese and two Vietnamese workers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘That means that you - the boat's skipper - should remain on deck to act as lookout.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The starting point very much depends on where the boat skipper places the shotline.’
- ‘He has worked as a dive charter skipper in Australia and knows why missing divers are so hard to spot.’
- ‘Ransa will supply the vessel and a skipper if you need one.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Over 70 charter skippers and a few dedicated anglers took part in the 2004 Marine Sport fish Tagging Programme.’
- ‘The skipper of their dive boat sent a Mayday to Humberside Coastguard at 5.15 pm after the two had returned to the boat.’
- ‘Trawler skippers who entered the zone faced fines of up to £50,000.’
- ‘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.’
- 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.’
- ‘The Kiwi skipper has handled his players deftly and with a greater maturity.’
- ‘Acomb had few problems against a beleaguered Huntington, who lost skipper Darren Willis to an ankle injury.’
- ‘Soames is not letting the poor form of his side drag him down and the young skipper was top scorer with 44.’
- ‘Nedved showed in the recent European Championships that the Czech skipper is truly up there with the best in his sport.’
- ‘Reds have lost their opening two Super League games but skipper Goulding believes the Reds can turn things round before long.’
- ‘And the Wanderers' club skipper insists he is not whistling in the wind.’
- ‘If what you want from your skipper is to overhit balls and otherwise remain anonymous, then Cafu fulfilled his brief.’
- ‘He should be retained skipper till the 2007 World Cup.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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".’
- ‘Take your pick from the central defensive duo of Paddy McLoughlin and stand-in skipper Ruairi Boyle.’
- ‘They know, with the skipper in the side, they won't be lacking guidance and a driving force.’
- ‘Our skipper plays games against teams with dominant closers as if they are eight innings long.’
- ‘And the South Park skipper decided to hold on for the draw in the last over.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Until the foreign-based players join the squad, Zanaco midfielder Numba Mumamba remains the skipper of the side.’
- ‘Pool, led from the front by their new Australian skipper Simon Dart, are showing good early season form.’
- 1.2 The captain of an aircraft.
airman, airwoman, flyer, aeronautView synonyms
- ‘Tasar skippers must have as a minimum a YA basic skills certificate of competency.’
- ‘The skipper followed me as I spiralled down as slowly as possible.’
- ‘Once upon a time, a safety officer had a skipper who told him to do a stand-down.’
- ‘The Air Force skipper gave us the keys to take the jet to Millington, Tennessee.’
- ‘Done with maneuvers, a US Navy aircraft carrier skipper decided to let his crew vote on which port to visit for shore leave.’
- ‘Unknown to our crew, the skipper had told the squadron our aircraft had ditched, and survivor status was unknown.’
- ‘Our skipper would serve as aircraft commander; he also was the air wing's top-hook aviator.’
- ‘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.’
Act as captain of.
fly, be at the controls of, control, handle, manoeuvre, drive, operate, steer, regulate, monitor, direct, captainView synonyms
- ‘Edwards skippered yacht Maiden in the 1990 round the world yachting race with an all woman crew, the first time it had been done.’
- ‘After the Gulf, Donald served in the Indian Ocean, where he skippered a mine-sweeper dealing with Japanese mines.’
- ‘Amer Sports One, skippered by Grant Dalton, lay just 40 miles adrift.’
- ‘Coutts was a wonderful sailor who had skippered Alinghi to victory in the America's Cup, and deserved to be recognised for that feat.’
- ‘Captain Ting skippered the boat for the day.’
- ‘She was launched in 1992 and skippered by Lawrie Smith in the following year's Round the World race.’
- ‘Lovesick Goodman was nabbed while skippering his seven-metre yacht RoyAnna.’
- ‘His crew that went to Auckland for the 2002-03 Cup skippered by Ian Walker finished seventh out of nine challengers.’
- ‘Simon Talbot from St Osyth was skippering a 53 ft yacht on a trip from Sweden to Cork when the accident happened.’
- ‘He skippered his own boat the " Sean Og ", at eighteen.’
- ‘As is usual for J & M Bar the boat was skippered by Captain Dang.’
- ‘Philip, 46, skippered a yacht carrying 3.7 tonnes of cannabis - worth 11 million - from North Africa to Cornwall.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
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.
- ‘One universal curing practice was the use of red pepper, which was rubbed into exposed areas, to prevent contamination by skipper flies.’
- ‘Predator avoidance is a significant factor driving the evolutionary development of silver-spotted skipper caterpillars.’
2A small brownish mothlike butterfly with rapid darting flight.
- ‘Swallowtails, cabbage whites, skippers, and orange sulphurs follow scent trails to the tiny patches of flowers blooming furiously in the middle of the city.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘What distinguishes a true butterfly from a skipper or a moth?’
- ‘I'm delighted that mangrove skipper butterflies find them to their liking.’
- ‘Some butterflies they attract are spicebush swallowtails, monarchs, fritillaries, whites, skippers, and a host of others.’
3The Atlantic saury (fish)
A long-sleeved sweatshirt or T-shirt.
Of unknown origin.
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