Definition of skimmer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈskimər/


1A person or thing that skims, in particular.
Example sentences
  • Loyal skimmers of this column will be aware that I like to pride myself on my cultural know-how.
  • I knew it was a scam, selling to these offshore skimmers.
  • Bookstore skimmers will, however, be disappointed to discover that the dirty parts aren't that dirty.
1.1A utensil or device for removing a substance from the surface of a liquid.
Example sentences
  • Remove with a bamboo skimmer, drain on paper towels, sprinkle with salt, and serve immediately.
  • The skimmer removes detritus that would otherwise sink and contribute to algae growth.
  • Summer is the time to keep your strainers and skimmers clean.
1.2A device or craft designed to collect oil spilled on water.
Example sentences
  • The traces of oil in the waters after the skimmer is deployed are wiped out by use of absorbent pads.
  • Eight booms, presently across the river, are absorbing the oil along with a surface skimmer.
  • I'm reading some strain on the skimmer drive from that stunt, but it's nothing we can't fix upon hitting port.
1.3A hydroplane, hydrofoil, hovercraft, or other vessel that has little or no displacement when traveling.
Example sentences
  • There were a few skimmers still moving about in the harbor and their sleek bodies glowed in the red dusk light.
  • Finally he saw a convoy of four large, roofed skimmers surrounded by rovers and floating turrets set out from the shuttleport.
  • Then he regained himself and shook his fist, ‘Get off my skimmer!’
2A long-winged seabird related to the terns, feeding by flying low over the water surface with its knifelike extended lower mandible immersed.
  • Genus Rynchops, family Rynchopidae (or Laridae): three species, one each in Africa, Asia, and America.
Example sentences
  • Hook them through the belly and they'll swim up, but that will only feed the skimmers, terns and gulls wheedling overhead.
  • North Deer is recognized worldwide as having an outstanding concentration of colonial nesting birds, including skimmers, gulls and terns.
  • In late summer, numerous egrets and herons appear, along with common, roseate, least, Forster's and black terns and maybe even a black skimmer.
3chiefly North American A flat, broad-brimmed straw hat.
Example sentences
  • Perspiration oozes from beneath his jaunty straw skimmer, the salt stinging his eyes.
3.1 informal A close-fitting dress.
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4North American A broad-bodied dragonfly commonly found at ponds and swamps. It can rest for long periods on a perch, from which it darts out to grab prey.
  • Libellulidae and related families: several genera and numerous species, including the twelve-spotted skimmer(Libellula pulchella).
Example sentences
  • A string of tiny skimmers were whipped out during the contest with over 300 fish going to make up the net of 6lb 12 oz, enough for seventh place in the 96 field.
  • Trevor Price (Tang Hall Match Group) also had a skimmer in his net from the bottom peg on the Palace Ings.
  • Frank Atkinson led with a fine 27 lb 10 oz net of skimmers, rudd and small carp taken alternating worm, meat and pellet.


Middle English: from Old French escumoir, from escumer 'skim', from escume 'scum'.

Words that rhyme with skimmer

dimmer, glimmer, limber, limner, shimmer, simmer, slimmer, strimmer, swimmer, trimmer, zimmer

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Syllabification: skim·mer

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