[ ding-gee ]
/ ˈdɪŋ gi /

noun, plural din·ghies.

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

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

Can be confused

dinghy dingy
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/ (ˈdɪŋɪ) /

noun plural -ghies

any small boat, powered by sail, oars, or outboard motorAlso (esp formerly): dingy, dingey

verb plural -gies, -gying or -gied

(tr) British slang to ignore (a person) or avoid (an event)

Word Origin for dinghy

C19: from Hindi or Bengali dingi a little boat, from dingā boat
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