What does skipper mean?

Definitions for skipper
ˈskɪp ərskip·per

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word skipper.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. skippernoun

    a student who fails to attend classes

  2. master, captain, sea captain, skippernoun

    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

  3. captain, skipperverb

    the naval officer in command of a military ship

  4. skipperverb

    work as the skipper on a vessel

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Skippernoun

    A shipmaster or shipboy.

    Etymology: schipper, Dutch.

    Are not you afraid of being drowned too? No, not I, says the skipper. Roger L'Estrange.

    No doubt you will return very much improved. ———— Yes, refined like a Dutch skipper from a whale-fishing. William Congreve.


  1. skipper

    A skipper is a person who has command or control over a vessel such as a ship or a boat, or someone who is in charge of a sports team. The term is often used in context of sailing and yachting.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Skippernoun

    one who, or that which, skips

  2. Skippernoun

    a young, thoughtless person

  3. Skippernoun

    the saury (Scomberesox saurus)

  4. Skippernoun

    the cheese maggot. See Cheese fly, under Cheese

  5. Skippernoun

    any one of numerous species of small butterflies of the family Hesperiadae; -- so called from their peculiar short, jerking flight

  6. Skippernoun

    the master of a fishing or small trading vessel; hence, the master, or captain, of any vessel

  7. Skippernoun

    a ship boy

  8. Etymology: [D. schipper. See Shipper, and Ship.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Skipper

    skip′ėr, n. the master of a merchant-ship.—Skipper's daughters, white-topped waves. [Dut. schipper; Dan. skipper.]

  2. Skipper

    skip′ėr, n. a barn, a shed in which to shelter for the night.—v.i. to shelter in such a place.—n. Skipp′er-bird, a tramp. [Prob. W. ysguber, a barn.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. skipper

    The master of a merchant vessel. Also, a man-of-war's man's constant appellation for his own captain. Also, the gandanock, or saury-pike, Esox saurus.

Editors Contribution

  1. Skipper

    One who does what has to be done, regardless of the outcome.

    If all information passes the bullshit test the skipper must decide and act in the interest of justice.

    Submitted by anonymous on March 10, 2019  

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Skipper is ranked #3457 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Skipper surname appeared 10,338 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Skipper.

    77.2% or 7,990 total occurrences were White.
    18% or 1,864 total occurrences were Black.
    1.8% or 194 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.8% or 192 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.5% or 55 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.4% or 43 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of skipper in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of skipper in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of skipper in a Sentence

  1. Richard Wilkinson:

    He doesnt want to stay in command of the ship, he wants to go home, because he wasnt happy to go back and pick up the broken pieces, but hes a professional skipper and needs to wait for a new crew to do a proper handover.

  2. Democratic Socialist Red-Green Alliance:

    . Danish People Party is usually seen as a proponent of the Danish alliance with the United States. Taking the palace whispers more seriously, the spokesperson for the Democratic Socialist Red-Green Alliance, Pernille Skipper, wrote that.

  3. James Andrew Miller:

    I think they need to get their act together by the beginning of football season, it’s interesting to see what Pitaro’s patience level is going to be with it versus Skipper’s because Skipper gave birth to this.

  4. Jerrard Skipper:

    My dad woke me up. He was like,' I think it's a' tornado,' i went to Jerrard Skipper room and then the next thing I know, I heard a big boom noise, and a tree came crashing down right in the bedroom and just took the whole ceiling out -- you can see the sky.

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