- a boat with a narrow, flat bottom, high bow, and flaring sides.
Origin of dory1
Origin of dory2
Examples from the Web for dory
In the dory the skipper, bending at his oars, was not two yards astern.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
You take that craft of yourn home, and I'll sail up alongside in my dory.'
Now I'll take the dory and row back to the shanty after some spare anchors there is there.'
You remember the dory sail, mast and all, was alongside that cart.
The dory itself, with the oars in her, was moored in the cove.The Woman-Haters
Joseph C. Lincoln
- US and Canadian a flat-bottomed rowing boat with a high bow, stern, and sides
Word Origin and History for dory
"small, flat-bottomed boat," 1709, American English, perhaps from a West Indian or Central American Indian language.
type of edible fish, mid-15c., from Old French doree, originally the fem. past participle of dorer "to gild," from Latin deauratus, from de- + aurare "to gild," from aurum (see aureate). So called in reference to its colorings.