skipper, noun

Origin:
EnglishShow more Unknown; perhaps related to English jumper.
Especially in township English: a long-sleeved sweatshirt or tee-shirt, usually of cotton-knit fabric.
1971 Post 26 JunePlain nylon doeks...Men’s knitted skippers, long sleeves, three buttons in front.
1973 Drum 8 May 11Members of Youth for Christ..were wearing skippers with a finger pointed upwards to a small cross with the legend: One Way.
1975 F. Johennesse in New Classic No.1, 44His striped skipper, awkward pants, heeled tackies.
1977 World 17 June 21 (advt)Bargain! With Free Ball...Nylon Long sleeve skippers...Goalie Skippers.
1980 M. Matshoba in M. Mutloatse Forced Landing 105His Elmer skipper that was no longer its original white but brownish, and the flimsy dark trousers..were worn without any thought of physical decoration, but only to cover the body.
1982 Voice 2 May 8Calling all Hawkers!..Factory prices!..Skippers, Jerseys, Blankets.
1987 E. Prov. Herald 19 Aug. 1The special constables..were issued with one pair of boots, two overalls, one raincoat, and two skippers — but no shirts or warm coats.
1988 E. Makwela in Pace Sept. 51The farmer bought him a pair of rubber shoes, a pair of trousers and a skipper as his salary for the whole year.
1990 O. Musi in Drum May 26My neighbour’s little boy pestered his dad for a ‘Viva’ T-shirt. This long-suffering man pointed out to his son that he had been sharing his Cosatu skipper with him.., but the kid..did not want to wear it any longer as it was not, as he put it, ‘skipa sa Mandela’.
a long-sleeved sweatshirt or tee-shirt, usually of cotton-knit fabric.
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