- any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
Origin of skiff
Examples from the Web for skiff
Historical Examples of skiff
Laurent selected a skiff, which appeared so light that Camille was terrified by its fragility.
The skiff left the bank, advancing slowly towards the isles.
In about ten minutes we had him in the skiff rowing off to the Patience M.
He jumped to the stern and caught hold of the skiff's painter.
I p'inted the skiff the way she'd ought to go and laid to the oars.
- any of various small boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor
Word Origin for skiff
"small boat," 1570s, from French esquif (1540s), from Italian schifo "little boat," from a Germanic source (e.g. Old High German scif "boat;" see ship (n.)). Originally the small boat of a ship.