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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Tens of thousands of people from Africa, the Mideast or Asian countries have tried to escape war, terror or extreme poverty each year by attempting dangerous journeys to Europe in smugglers' dinghies across the Mediterranean. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Spain takes in boat packed with hundreds of refugees after Italy turns it away," 18 June 2018 When the subs crash and plummet to the bottom, Navy divers following in a dinghy jump in to retrieve the sub, pilot and all. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The Preposterous World of Human-Powered Submarine Racing," 9 Aug. 2017 Wagner has always maintained that Wood probably got out of bed because the Splendour’s dinghy was knocking against the stern and the sound was keeping her up—a common annoyance for boaters moored at night. Eleanor Hildebrandt, Popular Mechanics, "The True Story of the Lost Sci-Fi Movie "Brainstorm," Natalie Wood’s Last Film," 21 Dec. 2018 The Maritime Rescue Service said Thursday that a surveillance plane found the dinghy in a stretch of the Mediterranean known as the Alboran Sea on Wednesday. Fox News, "The Latest: Macron criticizes Italy over migrant refusals," 6 Sep. 2018 That means the men's and women's 470 and men's heavyweight Finn dinghy as events in their own right will drop out of the Olympics. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Olympic sailing overhauled in 'gender equity' drive for Paris 2024," 15 May 2018 Many arrive in precarious dinghies on Spain’s shores to seek work in a country whose unemployment rate is falling, but remains high at 15%. Jeannette Neumann, WSJ, "As Migrants Turn to Spain, a Welcome Mat Shows Signs of Wear," 23 Sep. 2018 The service says authorities are continuing the search for more dinghies. Fox News, "The Latest: Spanish rescuers intercept 524 migrants," 15 Aug. 2018 There’s ample parking for those with rentals and a dock for dinghies for those traveling by water. Melanie Reffes, USA TODAY, "Where to eat on the beach in the Caribbean," 8 June 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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