skipper


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skipper:

see butterflybutterfly,
any of a large group of insects found throughout most of the world; with the moths, they comprise the order Lepidoptera. There are about 12 families of butterflies. Most adult moths and butterflies feed on nectar sucked from flowers.
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skipper

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1. the captain of any vessel
2. the captain of an aircraft

skipper

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1. any small butterfly of the family Hesperiidae, having a hairy mothlike body and erratic darting flight
2. another name for the saury (a fish)
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An' thus 'ull be the loddie," the skipper said, reaching out a hesitant hand to the child's cheek.
The skipper straightened up, and to conceal the pang at his heart he drew out his watch and looked at it.
The skipper chuckled at the joke, and his tired blue eyes were merry for the moment.
Upon this the fine-looking skipper gave signs of distress.
But the skipper, after he had talked for a while with Mr.
But that bothered skipper turns upon me again as though he wanted to snap my head off.
It suddenly dawned upon me that the innocent skipper of the Ferndale had taken it for granted that I was a relative of the Shipping Master
As to our old man, you could not find a quieter skipper.
The old people ultimately became acquainted with a good many names of ships, and with the names of the skippers who commanded them -- with the names of Scots and English shipowners -- with the names of seas, oceans, straits, promontories -- with outlandish names of lumber-ports, of rice-ports, of cotton-ports -- with the names of islands -- with the name of their son's young woman.
We put everything straight, stepped the long-boat's mast for our skipper, who was in charge of her, and I was not sorry to sit down for a moment.
I walked up to the skipper and shook him by the shoulder.
The skipper lingered disconsolately, and we left him to commune alone for awhile with his first command.