do·​ry ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio)
plural dories
: a flat-bottomed boat with high flaring sides, sharp bow, and deep V-shaped transom

Examples of dory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fixing Spanish Cinema Not that everything is hunky dory for Spanish cinema. John Hopewell, Variety, 8 Mar. 2024 French and Portuguese otter trawlers began to work the Grand Banks, while Newfoundlanders continued to fish inshore in traditional ways (although many now had motors on their dories). Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 More boats were gathering: a center console with dual Yamahas, other canoes of varying sizes (including one painted to resemble a scaly serpent), some kayaks, a rowing dory, a couple of Hobie cats. Ben McGrath, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 In the nineteenth century the American, French, and Portuguese bankers began to fish from dories, fanning out from their schooner at dawn, or what passed for dawn in the perpetual fog on the banks, and coming back with a boatload of fish. Robert Kunzig, Discover Magazine, 11 Nov. 2019 Grimes later returned to Musk’s Twitter (oh my gosh, so sorry, X) to share that things were now hunky dory. Vulture, 11 Sep. 2023 Ride in a traditional wooden dory boat piloted by our trip leader, Kale Cimperman, who regales his passengers with tales of the early Idaho rafting guides – the subject of his master’s thesis. Eileen Ogintz, Chicago Tribune, 10 Aug. 2023 Spectators will see a variety of floats, and dory boats decorated in creative ways. oregonlive, 12 July 2023 Saline 20 is home to Les Zigotos, a group of volunteers dedicated to preserving the culture and history of the dory, Saint-Pierre’s traditional wooden boat. Hillary Richards, Travel + Leisure, 28 June 2023

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Word History


Miskito dóri dugout

First Known Use

1709, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dory was in 1709

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“Dory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

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do·​ry ˈdōr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio)
plural dories
: a boat with a flat bottom, high sides that curve upward and outward, and a sharp bow

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