Definition of dipper in English:


Line breaks: dip¦per
Pronunciation: /ˈdɪpə


  • 1A short-tailed songbird related to the wrens, frequenting fast-flowing streams and able to swim, dive, and walk under water to feed.
    • Family Cinclidae and genus Cinclus: five species, in particular the white-throated Eurasian C. cinclus
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    • Swallows were chasing insects over the water and I watched dippers and grey wagtails feeding their young.
    • In fall and winter, look for bald eagles, American dippers, mergansers, red-shafted Northern flickers, red-tailed hawks, and Townsend's solitaires.
    • The dipper takes prey from the water's surface while swimming, and will even use its wings to ‘fly’ under water.
  • 2A ladle or scoop.
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    • She plunged a dipper into it and began to ladle creamy milk into the pail.
    • Then, skipping the pot all together, he just put the hot water into the dipper.
    • Without a word, the man reached into a bucket and pulled out a dipper full of water.
  • 3A person who dips something in liquid.
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    • No farmer should employ dippers unless they hold an appropriate licence.
  • 4 informal A pickpocket.
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    • Isn't it time some of the big-time dippers spent some time in the slammer as well?
  • 5 archaic , • informal A Baptist or Anabaptist.

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