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Definition of "flipper" []

  • A wide flat limb, as of a seal, whale, or other aquatic mammal, adapted for swimming. (noun)
  • A rubber covering for the foot having a flat flexible portion that widens as it extends forward from the toes, used in swimming and diving. Also called fin1. (noun)
  • A flat lever in a pinball machine, used to hit the ball so it stays in play. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "flipper" in a sentence
  • "A few days after my upper left first bicuspid was yanked, my dentist gave me what he calls a flipper, a dead ringer for a real tooth, aged to match the rest of my flawed set."
  • "In other words, imagine that the coin flipper has a head in his hand."
  • "[2] REST It's hard to imagine an accessory more untrendy than "flipper" - style rests."