AskDefine | Define flipper

Dictionary Definition



1 a shoe for swimming; the paddle-like front is an aid in swimming (especially underwater) [syn: flippers, fin, fins]
2 the flat broad limb of aquatic animals specialized for swimming

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see Flipper




flip + -er


  1. in marine mammals such as whales, a wide flat limb, adapted for swimming
  2. a flat, wide, paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
  3. a flat lever in a pinball machine, used to keep the ball in play
  4. A type of ball bowled by a leg spin bowler, which spins backwards and skids off the pitch with a low bounce
  5. In the context of "informal|US": television remote control, clicker

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mammal's wide limb for swimming
paddle-like rubber covering for the foot, used in swimming
flat lever in a pinball machine


Etymology 1

From flipper, the part of a pinball machine used to strike the ball up higher on the game surface.


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Etymology 2

From to flip.





  1. pinball (game and machine)

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Extensive Definition

Flipper may refer to:
flipper in German: Flipper
flipper in French: Flipper (homonymie)
flipper in Dutch: Flipper
flipper in Swedish: Flipper

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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