dinghy

noun din·ghy \ ˈdiŋ-ē , -gē \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018

Definition of dinghy

plural dinghies
1 a : 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

Examples of dinghy in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of dinghy

Bengali ḍiṅgi, Urdu ḍīngī & Hindi ḍieṁgī


DINGHY Defined for English Language Learners

dinghy

Definition of dinghy for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

dinghy

noun din·ghy \ ˈdiŋ-ē , ˈdiŋ-gē \

Definition of dinghy for Students

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


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