din·​ghy | \ˈdiŋ-ē, -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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The US Coast Guard began searching the waters near South Monomoy Island after an unmanned dinghy was found floating adrift Thursday morning. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "US Coast Guard searching near South Monomoy Island," 12 July 2018 And that means more migrants will continue to board rubber dinghies in the hopes of being picked up by a humanitarian vessel destined for Europe. Aryn Baker, Time, "How One Migrant Ship Became a Symptom of a Sick Europe," 12 June 2018 The group tweeted on Sunday that 40 of the people on the Aquarius were crossing the sea in a dinghy that collapsed before they were rescued. Fox News, "The Latest: Italian media say aid ship denied right to dock," 10 June 2018 German aid group Sea-Watch said the migrants were picked up after their rubber dinghy sank and the Navy also had recovered the bodies of 12 people. Washington Post, "Migrant aid ship on way to Spain as Italy draws deeper line," 14 June 2018 Participants can decorate a patriotic dinghy, 12 feet and under, to enter the parade. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Statewide poster contest winners picked... community news," 29 June 2018 At least 15 people have serious chemical burns caused by the combination of gasoline used to fuel the dinghies and sea salt, according to Doctors Without Borders. Megan Specia, New York Times, "Aboard the Rescue Ship Where Migrants Have Been Stuck for a Week," 15 June 2018 The aid group SOS Mediterranee's ship plucked 229 migrants from the sea or from flimsy dinghies in the Mediterranean on Saturday. Bloomberg.com, "Spain to Allow Boat Carrying 629 Migrants to Dock at Valencia," 11 June 2018 There was a pair of chatty fish, too, and a hapless couple in a tiny dinghy. David Lyman, Cincinnati.com, "CCM students set sail for Scotland to perform water-themed show with 'no plot whatsoever'," 5 July 2018

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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, ˈdiŋ-gē\
plural dinghies

Kids Definition of dinghy

1 : a small light rowboat

2 : a rubber life raft

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