Main Entry: skipper Function: noun Etymology: Middle English, from Middle Dutch schipper, from schip ship; akin to Old English scip ship -- more at SHIP Date: 14th century 1 : the master of a ship; especially : the master of a fishing, small trading, or pleasure boat 2 : the captain or first pilot of an airplane 3 : a person in a position of leadership; especially : a baseball team's manager
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skip·per1 (skĭp'ər) n. Nautical. The master of a ship. A coach, director, or other leader. tr.v., -pered, -per·ing, -pers. To act as the skipper of.
[Middle English, from Middle Dutch, from scip, ship.]
skip·per2 (skĭp'ər) n.[list=1][*]One that skips.[*]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.[*]Any of several marine fishes that often leap above water, especially the saury Cololabis saira of Pacific waters.[/list=1]
עברית (Hebrew) n. - *קברניט, רב-חובל v. tr. - *שימש רב-חובל על n. - *דבר או אדם שקופץ n. - *חולצת טריקו עם שרוולים ארוכים
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Skipper. I have also seen this word used to refer to those who sleep rough on the streets in England and have thus no fixed abode. I imagine it could also be an intransitive verb "to skipper" meaning to follow that sort of lifestyle. Anyone confirm or refute this?
I think we have had this one before, as I said then, if you had called the Captain ,Skipper on any ship I was on you would have recieved a swift clip along the lug. Skippers were in charge of fishing boats or trips around the lighthouse.
The Skipper you refer to might come from the term "Skip" which is another name for a "Wheely bin". So someone sleeping rough (maybe in a skip or looking like they just fell out of one) could be called a skip. Or maybe it refers to where they look for food?