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 According to Ocean Viking's log, a Libyan coast guard vessel, Ubari, was supposedly headed to the dinghy's aid. Maria Grazia Murru And Frances D'emilio, Star Tribune, "Rescue groups decry loss of migrant lives in Mediterranean," 25 Apr. 2021 After her shipwreck off the Solomon Islands in 1990, French sailor Claudine Paré-Lescure escaped in an inflatable dinghy and used the paddles to build a makeshift mast. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, "Coping Strategies of Ocean Castaways Hold Lessons for the COVID Pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 Roads were under around two meters (or more than 6 ½ feet) of water, said Oliver Sawaya, who fled his home in a dinghy with his 72-year-old father, Henry. Rhiannon Hoyle, WSJ, "Flooding Inundates Australia’s Coal Mines and Farms, a Year After Wildfires Raged," 23 Mar. 2021 During the swimming portions of their triathlons, Mr. Hoyt pulled his son in a custom dinghy. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Dick Hoyt, devoted marathoner who ran with his disabled son, dies at 80," 18 Mar. 2021 Bekatorou won a gold medal in the women's double-handed dinghy event with teammate Emilia Tsoulfa at the 2004 Summer Olympics, which was held in Athens. Star Tribune, "AP Interview: Olympic champion adds voice to #MeToo movement," 6 Feb. 2021 The tragedy started when the dinghy took on water about 15 hours after the migrants embarked on their perilous voyage, the UNHCR said, citing testimonies from survivors. Samy Magdy, Star Tribune, "UN says 41 Europe-bound migrants drown in Mediterranean," 24 Feb. 2021 In the early morning hours of April 18, 2015, around 200 mostly African migrants crowded into a rubber dinghy on the sandy shores near the port of Misrata, Libya. Barbie Latza Nadeau, Scientific American, "700 Drowned Migrants to Be Recovered from Sunken Smuggler Ship," 13 May 2016 Jauhiainen helped Sheikha Latifa plot the escape, which involved riding a small inflatable dinghy for 15 miles to join a sailing vessel waiting for them off the coast of nearby Oman. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "In new video, Dubai princess Sheikha Latifa says she is 'hostage'," 17 Feb. 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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6 May 2021

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“Dinghy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dinghy. Accessed 9 May. 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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