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skiff

[skif] /skɪf/
noun
1.
any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
Origin
early Italian
1565-1575
1565-75; < early Italian schifo < Old High German scif ship
Related forms
skiffless, adjective
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Examples from the web for skiff
  • Your boat taxi will ferry you and your gear to shore in a small open skiff.
  • Step aboard a small exposed skiff for an incredibly diverse day of fishing.
  • They were sculling upstream in their small live-aboard skiff as our riverboat steamed down.
  • It can be difficult for pirates to board a moving ship from a skiff using grappling hooks and ladders.
  • Our swimming combined with the paddling efforts of those on the skiff eventually reunited us.
  • And finally he caught the fish and lashed it to the side of his skiff only to spend his return voyage fighting off sharks.
  • Commercial sardine fishing vessel getting ready to launch skiff with the net.
  • Over the years, he made some subtle but important changes to the skiff's design to meet the changing needs of lifeguards.
  • The skiff is brought around so that the seine makes a half circle with the skiff on one end and the vessel on the other end.
  • We rent skiff boats and they take that four hours or eight hours all day.
British Dictionary definitions for skiff

skiff

/skɪf/
noun
1.
any of various small boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor
Word Origin
C18: from French esquif, from Old Italian schifo a boat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German schifship
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Word Origin and History for skiff
n.

"small boat," 1570s, from French esquif (1540s), from Italian schifo "little boat," from a Germanic source (e.g. Old High German scif "boat;" see ship (n.)). Originally the small boat of a ship.

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