1 [dawr-ee, dohr-ee]
noun, plural dories.
a boat with a narrow, flat bottom, high bow, and flaring sides.

1700–10, Americanism; alleged to be < Miskito dóri, dúri (if this word is itself not < E) Unabridged


2 [dawr-ee, dohr-ee]
noun, plural dories.

1400–50; late Middle English dorre, dorray < Middle French doree (feminine past participle of dorer to gild) < Late Latin deaurāta; see dorado Unabridged
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dory1 (ˈdɔːrɪ)
n , pl -ries
1.  any spiny-finned marine teleost food fish of the family Zeidae, esp the John Dory, having a deep compressed body
2.  walleye another name for walleye
[C14: from French dorée gilded, from dorer to gild, from Late Latin deaurāre, ultimately from Latin aurum gold]

dory2 (ˈdɔːrɪ)
n , pl -ries
(US), (Canadian) a flat-bottomed rowing boat with a high bow, stern, and sides
[C18: from Mosquito (an American Indian language of Honduras and Nicaragua) dóri dugout]

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Word Origin & History

"small, flat-bottomed boat," 1709, Amer.Eng., perhaps from a West Indian or Central American Indian language.

"type of edible fish," c.1440, from Fr. doree, originally the fem. pp. of dorer "to gild," in reference to its colorings.
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any of several marine fishes of the family Zeidae (order Zeiformes), found worldwide in moderately deep waters. The members of the family are large-mouthed fish, deep-bodied but thin from side to side.

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Example sentences
He was toiling along with short oars, and the dory tossed and sank and tossed again with the steamer's waves.
When things are hunky dory, looking down the road and seeing trouble and taking painful steps now is not so easy.
For breathtaking excitement, you can also choose raft or dory float trips through this magnificent river corridor.
The newly hatched sibling seemed to think his older brother was hunky-dory, and they got on famously.
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