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 He'd been thrown from a dinghy in 3- to 5-foot waves. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "18-year-old missing, presumed drowned in Lake Michigan as rough water closes beach," 8 Sep. 2020 Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an overcrowded rubber dinghy. Renata Brito, The Christian Science Monitor, "Migrants trying to reach Europe squeezed by pandemic and the sea," 2 Sep. 2020 Unlike the 60 adults on board, only Noura was oblivious to the risks of crossing the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean in an overcrowded rubber dinghy. Renata Brito, Star Tribune, "Migrants trying to reach Europe pushed to deadly Atlantic," 2 Sep. 2020 According to a series of posts on the Louise Michel’s Twitter account, the ship set out on Thursday to help 89 people on a rubber dinghy. Ceylan Yeginsu, New York Times, "Banksy-Funded Rescue Vessel Evacuated After Distress Call," 30 Aug. 2020 The Louise Michel had set out Thursday to assist more than 80 people marooned on a rubber dinghy. Washington Post, "World Digest: Aug. 29, 2020," 29 Aug. 2020 People on the beach grabbed a nearby dinghy and tried to row out to her but were caught in the strong current. Iliana Magra, New York Times, "3-Year-Old Clinging to Unicorn Float Is Rescued From Sea in Greece," 28 Aug. 2020 They were never allowed ashore, but a Bermudan friend left groceries in their dinghy, and the four sailors split up and doublehanded the two boats back to the States. Herb Mccormick, Popular Science, "Five stories of sailors who weathered COVID-19 out at sea," 17 Aug. 2020 In July 2018, authorities found Scott’s dinghy abandoned off the coast of Orange Beach, Alabama, with a suicide note and a gun inside. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Most wanted fugitive who faked his death captured in Oklahoma," 30 Jan. 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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The first known use of dinghy was in 1810

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14 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dinghy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinghy. Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for dinghy

dinghy

noun
How to pronounce dinghy (audio)

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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