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

Origin of dinghy

1785–95; < Bengali diṅgi, Hindi ḍiṅgī, diminutive of ḍiṅgā boat
Can be confuseddinghy dingy
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noun plural -ghies
  1. any small boat, powered by sail, oars, or outboard motorAlso (esp formerly): dingy, dingey
verb plural -gies, -gying or -gied
  1. (tr) British slang to ignore (a person) or avoid (an event)

Word Origin

C19: from Hindi or Bengali dingi a little boat, from dingā boat
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Word Origin and History for dinghy


1810, from Hindi dingi "small boat," perhaps from Sanskrit drona-m "wooden trough," related to dru-s "wood, tree" (see tree (n.)). The spelling with -h- is to indicate a hard -g-.

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