Origin of skiff
Examples from the Web for skiff
Kennedy now came alongside in the skiff, bringing a warp-line from the shore, by which the Maud was hauled up to the wharf.The Yacht Club|Oliver Optic
He wrapped the remains of the turkey in a paper, depositing it in a covered metal container in the bottom of the skiff.Swamp Island|Mildred A. Wirt
I've had an alligator roll up against a skiff and pretty near come aboard after I'd harpooned it.Dick in the Everglades|A. W. Dimock
They had run into nominally still water, and the skiff was losing momentum.Aladdin O'Brien|Gouverneur Morris
We were out in a skiff yesterday and the little boat got to leaking so badly that we both of us had to stay in the water.
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.