skiff

[skif]
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Origin of skiff

1565–75; < early Italian schifo < Old High German scif ship1
Related formsskiff·less, adjective
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Related Words for skiff

dinghy, canoe, rowboat

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.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • The skiff left the bank, advancing slowly towards the isles.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • In about ten minutes we had him in the skiff rowing off to the Patience M.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • He jumped to the stern and caught hold of the skiff's painter.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • I p'inted the skiff the way she'd ought to go and laid to the oars.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln


British Dictionary definitions for skiff

skiff

noun
  1. any of various small boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor

Word Origin for skiff

C18: from French esquif, from Old Italian schifo a boat, of Germanic origin; related to Old High German schif ship
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Word Origin and History for skiff
n.

"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.

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