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dory1

[dawr-ee, dohr-ee] /ˈdɔr i, ˈdoʊr i/
noun, plural dories.
1.
a boat with a narrow, flat bottom, high bow, and flaring sides.
Origin
1700-1710
1700-10, Americanism; alleged to be < Miskito dóri, dúri (if this word is itself not < E)

dory2

[dawr-ee, dohr-ee] /ˈdɔr i, ˈdoʊr i/
noun, plural dories.
1.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English dorre, dorray < Middle French doree (feminine past participle of dorer to gild) < Late Latin deaurāta; see dorado
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Examples from the web for dory
  • He was toiling along with short oars, and the dory tossed and sank and tossed again with the steamer's waves.
  • The newly hatched sibling seemed to think his older brother was hunky-dory, and they got on famously.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for dory

dory1

/ˈdɔːrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
any spiny-finned marine teleost food fish of the family Zeidae, esp the John Dory, having a deep compressed body
2.
another name for walleye (sense 5), walleye (sense 6)
Word Origin
C14: from French dorée gilded, from dorer to gild, from Late Latin deaurāre, ultimately from Latin aurum gold

dory2

/ˈdɔːrɪ/
noun (pl) -ries
1.
(US & Canadian) a flat-bottomed rowing boat with a high bow, stern, and sides
Word Origin
C18: from Mosquito (an American Indian language of Honduras and Nicaragua) dóri dugout
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Word Origin and History for dory
n.

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

type of edible fish, mid-15c., from Old French doree, originally the fem. past participle of dorer "to gild," from Latin deauratus, from de- + aurare "to gild," from aurum (see aureate). So called in reference to its colorings.

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Slang definitions & phrases for dory

dory

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Encyclopedia Article for dory

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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