Etymology
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stripper (n.)

1580s, transitive, "person who strips" (the bark off trees, etc.), agent noun from strip (v.). Meaning "machine or appliance for stripping" is from 1835. Sense of "strip-tease dancer" is from 1930 (see strip-tease). Meaning "chemical for removing paint" is from 1937.

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Definitions of stripper

stripper (n.)
a chemical compound used to remove paint or varnish;
stripper (n.)
a worker who strips the stems from moistened tobacco leaves and binds the leaves together into books;
Synonyms: stemmer / sprigger
stripper (n.)
a performer who provides erotic entertainment by undressing to music;
Synonyms: striptease artist / striptease / stripteaser / exotic dancer / ecdysiast / peeler
stripper (n.)
an oil well whose production has declined to less than ten barrels a day;
Synonyms: stripper well
From wordnet.princeton.edu