The person in charge of a ship or boat is the skipper. Another word for the skipper is the “captain,” but skipper is so much more fun to say.

Skipper is an informal name for the captain, a way to address the person who’s at the helm of a boat or in command of a Navy ship. The word skipper comes from the Dutch schipper, from schip, or “ship.” Sometimes this word is also used for the captain of a team or the pilot of an airplane.

Definitions of skipper
  1. noun

    the naval officer in command of a military ship

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    flag captain

    the captain of a flagship
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    commissioned naval officer

    a commissioned officer in the navy

  2. noun

    an officer who is licensed to command a merchant ship

    captain, master, sea captain
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    Captain Kidd

    Scottish sea captain who was hired to protect British shipping in the Indian Ocean and then was accused of piracy and hanged (1645-1701)
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    officer, ship’s officer

    a person authorized to serve in a position of authority on a vessel

  3. verb

    work as the skipper on a vessel

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    exert oneself by doing mental or physical work for a purpose or out of necessity

  4. noun

    a student who fails to attend classes

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    educatee, pupil, student

    a learner who is enrolled in an educational institution

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