[ 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.


Nearby words

  1. dingbat,
  2. dingbats,
  3. dinge,
  4. dinger,
  5. dinges,
  6. dingle,
  7. dingleberry,
  8. dingo,
  9. dingus,
  10. dingy

Origin of dinghy

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

Can be confuseddinghy dingy

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British Dictionary definitions for dinghy


/ (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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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-.

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