- 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.
Origin of dinghy
Examples from the Web for dinghy
First, as companies go, Carnival is more like an aircraft carrier than a dinghy.Floating Petri Dish Aside, Triumph Won’t Sink Carnival
February 15, 2013
Officials said they believed Wood slipped off the yacht when she went on deck to reattach a dinghy that came loose.L.A. Sheriff Reopens Natalie Wood Drowning Probe, Citing New Information
November 18, 2011
Greer moved instantly to the rope ladder where the dinghy was tied.
A man in the stern of the dinghy groaned, and slumped down into the bottom.
In the uproar forward, Madden heard the cries: "Th' dinghy's swamped!"
Madden followed, trusting not to hit the dinghy and kill himself.
Then somebody who had a dinghy that he did not want asked her if she would like to have a boat.The Christian
- any small boat, powered by sail, oars, or outboard motorAlso (esp formerly): dingy, dingey
- (tr) British slang to ignore (a person) or avoid (an event)
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-.