noun, plural dinghies.
any small boat designed as a tender or lifeboat, especially a small ship's boat, rowed, sailed, or driven by a motor.
a boat used by warships, having four single-banked oars and a spritsail.
any of various rowing or sailing boats used in sheltered waters along the Indian coasts to transport passengers and freight.
an inflatable life raft.

1785–95; < Bengali diṅgi, Hindi ḍiṅgī, diminutive of ḍiṅgā boat

dinghy, dingy.
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dinghy (ˈdɪŋɪ)
n , pl -ghies
1.  dingy, Also (esp formerly): dingey any small boat, powered by sail, oars, or outboard motor
vb , -ghies, -gies, -gying, -gied
2.  slang (Brit) (tr) to ignore (a person) or avoid (an event)
[C19: from Hindi or Bengali dingi a little boat, from dingā boat]

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Word Origin & History

1810, from Hindi dingi "small boat," perhaps from Skt. drona-m "wooden trough," related to dru-s "wood, tree."
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Example sentences
Learn about wooden boat building techniques and styles, and how to get started
  building your own wooden kayak, dinghy or canoe.
The tidelands south of the dinghy dock are part of an archaeological site and
  remain closed to digging.
Leaving a dinghy at a buoy or dock does not reserve a moorage space.
She also had an idea for a dinghy, one that could be powered either by a motor
  or by oars.
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