dinghy

noun
din·​ghy | \ ˈdiŋ-ē How to pronounce dinghy (audio) , -gē \
plural dinghies

Definition of dinghy

1a : a small boat carried on or towed behind a larger boat as a tender or a lifeboat
b : a small sailboat
2 : a rubber life raft
3 : a rowboat or sailboat used to carry passengers or cargo on the coasts of India especially in sheltered waters around the peninsula

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Examples of dinghy in a Sentence

we went sailing on the secluded lake in a little two-person dinghy
Recent Examples on the Web The tragedy started when the dinghy took on water about 15 hours after the migrants embarked on their perilous voyage, the UNHCR said, citing testimonies from survivors. Samy Magdy, Star Tribune, "UN says 41 Europe-bound migrants drown in Mediterranean," 24 Feb. 2021 In the early morning hours of April 18, 2015, around 200 mostly African migrants crowded into a rubber dinghy on the sandy shores near the port of Misrata, Libya. Barbie Latza Nadeau, Scientific American, "700 Drowned Migrants to Be Recovered from Sunken Smuggler Ship," 13 May 2016 Jauhiainen helped Sheikha Latifa plot the escape, which involved riding a small inflatable dinghy for 15 miles to join a sailing vessel waiting for them off the coast of nearby Oman. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "In new video, Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa says she is 'hostage'," 17 Feb. 2021 The expression refers to maneuvering and making waves around a dinghy to repel it. New York Times, "E.U. Border Agency Accused of Covering Up Migrant Pushback in Greece," 26 Nov. 2020 But instead of being taken to shore, at 2:45 a.m., the migrants were put back on their dinghy and tugged to Turkish waters by the Greek Coast Guard, the Frontex aerial crew reported. New York Times, "E.U. Border Agency Accused of Covering Up Migrant Pushback in Greece," 26 Nov. 2020 When the boatyard failed to deliver on time, Mr. Butler showed up at the premises and built the dinghy himself. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Weekend Sailor Turned a Hobby Into a Big Business," 3 Dec. 2020 The crew climbed into a dinghy and motored to a yacht anchored nearby to call again for help. Fox News, "California boat captain indicted in fire that killed 34," 2 Dec. 2020 The crew climbed into a dinghy and motored to a yacht anchored nearby to call again for help. Brian Melley, Anchorage Daily News, "California scuba diving boat captain indicted in fire that killed 34," 2 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of dinghy

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 3

History and Etymology for dinghy

Bengali ḍiṅgi, Urdu ḍīngī & Hindi ḍieṁgī

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19 Mar 2021

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“Dinghy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinghy. Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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dinghy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of dinghy

: a small boat that is often carried on or towed behind a larger boat
: a small rubber boat that is used by people escaping from a sinking boat

dinghy

noun
din·​ghy | \ ˈdiŋ-ē How to pronounce dinghy (audio) , ˈdiŋ-gē \
plural dinghies

Kids Definition of dinghy

1 : a small light rowboat
2 : a rubber life raft

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