- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of dinghy
Greer moved instantly to the rope ladder where the dinghy was tied.
In the uproar forward, Madden heard the cries: "Th' dinghy's swamped!"
Madden followed, trusting not to hit the dinghy and kill himself.
A man in the stern of the dinghy groaned, and slumped down into the bottom.
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 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-.