[ skif ]
/ skɪf /


any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.


Origin of skiff

1565–75; < early Italian schifo < Old High German scif ship1

Related forms

skiff·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for skiff


/ (skɪf) /


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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