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.
- dinghy , dingy
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How to use dinghy in a sentence
The lifeguard would have to take the dinghy if he wanted to physically stop me.Open-Water Swimming and Other Acts of Civil Disobedience | jversteegh | August 25, 2021 | Outside Online
First, as companies go, Carnival is more like an aircraft carrier than a dinghy.Floating Petri Dish Aside, Triumph Won’t Sink Carnival | Daniel Gross | February 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
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 | Christine Pelisek | November 18, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
Ian was obviously free to intubate every young lady he saw, and Cait would never harbor the flimsiest dinghy of a grievance.
Meanwhile, all on board the Wellington who had telescopes applied them to their eyes, and watched the progress of the dinghy.The Floating Light of the Goodwin Sands | R.M. Ballantyne
So there we were, marooned, half a mile out to sea, in a tiny dinghy on which the Turks again switched their blarsted guns.Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2 | Ian Hamilton
I was truly glad, and, borrowing the dinghy from the mate, I pulled on board the newly-arrived ship.Peter the Whaler | W.H.G. Kingston
They had become very clever boatmen during their stay, using a small dinghy to make coastal journeys.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
I had wirelessed asking for a dinghy to be sent down, which would enable Hamilton to do more marine work; and it now came to hand.The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
British Dictionary definitions for dinghy
any small boat, powered by sail, oars, or outboard motor: Also (esp formerly): dingy, dingey
(tr) British slang to ignore (a person) or avoid (an event)
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