Definition of dipper in English:

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dipper

Pronunciation: /ˈdipər/

noun

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 Eurasian (white-throated) dipper (C. cinclus).
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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 immerses something in liquid.
Example sentences
  • No farmer should employ dippers unless they hold an appropriate licence.
3.1 archaic An informal term for a Baptist or Anabaptist.

Words that rhyme with dipper

Agrippa, chipper, clipper, equipper, flipper, gripper, hipper, kipper, nipper, Pippa, ripper, shipper, sipper, skipper, slipper, stripper, tipper, tripper, whipper, zipper

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Syllabification: dip·per

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