dinghy

noun

din·​ghy ˈdiŋ-ē How to pronounce dinghy (audio)
-gē
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

Example Sentences

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

Etymology

Bengali ḍiṅgi, Urdu ḍīngī & Hindi ḍieṁgī

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of dinghy was in 1810

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Cite this Entry

“Dinghy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinghy. Accessed 26 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

dinghy

noun

din·​ghy ˈdiŋ-ē How to pronounce dinghy (audio)
-gē
plural dinghies
1
: a small rowboat or sailboat
especially : one carried on a larger boat
2
: a rubber life raft

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