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skip·per 1

1. Nautical The master of a ship.
2. A coach, director, or other leader.
tr.v. skip·pered, skip·per·ing, skip·pers
To act as the skipper of.

[Middle English, from Middle Dutch, from scip, ship.]

skip·per 2

1. One that skips.
2. 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.
3. Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially a saury.


slang the practice of sleeping rough
[C20: of unknown origin]
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