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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 of skiff
early Italian
1565-1575
1565-75; < early Italian schifo < Old High German scif ship1
Related forms
skiffless, adjective
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  • Laurent selected a skiff, which appeared so light that Camille was terrified by its fragility.

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  • The skiff left the bank, advancing slowly towards the isles.

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  • In about ten minutes we had him in the skiff rowing off to the Patience M.

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  • He jumped to the stern and caught hold of the skiff's painter.

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  • I p'inted the skiff the way she'd ought to go and laid to the oars.

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  • There were only two oars in the skiff, but I could get on perfectly well with one.

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  • I swung into the channel and set the skiff's bow against the current.

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  • Then, wading along the slippery bank, I brought her to the skiff.

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  • All the way home I kept my gaze fixed on the bottom boards of the skiff.

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  • The headway of the skiff was slow, but my efforts were not silent.

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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