1520s, "one who or that which slides" (in the first attested use, "skater"), agent noun from slide (v.). As a type of terrapin, from 1877; as a type of baseball pitch that seems to drop unexpectedly, 1936.
As "ice cream served as a sandwich between two wafers," by 1915. "Anyone who has felt the ice-cream slipping out of control as it melts will appreciate the name," Ayto writes. It was extended in U.S. to mini-hamburgers-and-buns by 2009: "The concept, of a filling held precariously between two outer layers, is essentially the same" [Ayto].
updated on January 04, 2023
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