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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Synonyms for dinghy


bark, sailboat, windjammer

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Examples of dinghy in a Sentence

we went sailing on the secluded lake in a little two-person dinghy

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Ocean Viking carried out its first rescue, of 50 migrants who were struggling in a rubber dinghy, on Sept. 8. SFChronicle.com, "News of the Day From Around the World," 14 Sep. 2019 In March 1860, Hicks, a first mate on an oyster sloop, killed his entire crew in the lower bay, made off with money in a dinghy, landed on Staten Island and lighted out. Rich Cohen, WSJ, "The Hidden History of Liberty Island," 11 July 2019 The arrest of German captain Carola Rackete on Saturday came more than two weeks after her and other volunteers aboard the Sea-Watch 3 vessel rescued 53 migrants from a small dinghy in the Mediterranean in June. Washington Post, "‘Hero’ or ‘pirate’? Arrest of German captain who rescued 53 migrants divides Europe," 1 July 2019 The Mediterranean, too, seems less of an impediment from above, with container ships and refugee dinghies crossing what is increasingly a common Euro-African space. The Economist, "Europe’s long vacation flight home," 29 Aug. 2019 Some council members argued against new events that required the elimination of classes like the men’s Finn dinghy, which had been sailed in every Games since 1952. Chris Museler, New York Times, "Mixed Events Shake Up Olympic Sailing," 4 Aug. 2019 Boats the size of the Magestic must moor more than one hundred yards out, as a flotilla of dinghies, rowed from the stern with a single oar, ferry goods to the dock. Rowan Moore Gerety, Harper's magazine, "Downstream," 10 June 2019 Mohammed Oga, an Ethiopian, spoke from a Maltese hospital, where he was taken after finally being rescued when his rubber dinghy was spotted by the European border agency Frontex. Washington Post, "Italy’s Salvini agrees to let 27 minors off migrant ship," 17 Aug. 2019 Scientists flew by helicopter or sailed by dinghy to ice floes in the Fram Strait to scoop snow with a clean mug and a steel spoon or soup ladle. Los Angeles Times, "Microplastic in the atmosphere is making its way to the pristine Arctic," 15 Aug. 2019

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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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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


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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