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 Doodling on a yellow legal pad in 1969, Bruce Kirby designed one of the most beloved sailboats in history, a low-slung fiberglass dinghy that became known as the Laser. Washington Post, 26 July 2021 Dallman-Weiss will become the first sailor from White Bear Yacht Club to compete in the Olympics, trading in that quaintness for the immensity of the Pacific Ocean, in the women's 470 (two-person dinghy), along with teammate Nikki Barnes. Jim Souhan, Star Tribune, 20 July 2021 One, located in Gorleston, showed two children flying off an inflatable dinghy. Tara Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 17 Aug. 2021 Two-person dinghy finals are August 4 also at 1:30 am. Eve Sneider, Wired, 13 Aug. 2021 From there, Princess Latifa used an inflatable dinghy to get to the U.S.-registered yacht Nostromo that was waiting for her in the Arabian Sea. Alex Connor, USA TODAY, 12 July 2021 From the dinghy, the new arrivals observed that the man waving at them was naked and seemed entirely unashamed by his nakedness. Hermione Hoby, Harper's Magazine, 22 June 2021 That and being on a dinghy in a red bathing suit with Colin Firth next to you. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 11 July 2021 Signaling his concern for displaced people in the region, Francis met on Sunday with the father of Alan Kurdi, the 3-year-old Syrian boy killed when his family’s rubber dinghy capsized between Turkey and Greece. New York Times, 8 Mar. 2021

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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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3 Sep 2021

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“Dinghy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinghy. Accessed 21 Sep. 2021.

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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 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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