do·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio) \
plural dories

Definition of dory

: 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 On the contrary, by the looks of this teaser, everything is hunky f---ing dory, and then some. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 21 July 2022 Painted late in Homer’s life, The Gulf Stream nods back to his earlier dory-in-distress pictures, such as The Fog Warning and Lost on the Grand Banks (both 1885). Susan Tallman, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 On my cousin’s sixteenth birthday, my uncle loaded too many of us into an open dory with a weak engine and a pitiful dinghy towed behind. The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2022 Decor items include historic artifacts like the oars and tiller from a dory used in shipwreck rescues and various lanterns on loan from the Coast Guard. Arielle Dollinger, House Beautiful, 3 June 2021 In 1966 then British paratroopers John Ridgway and Chay Blyth became the second team ever to row across the Atlantic in an open dory—braving storms, cold and near starvation. Luc-christophe Guillerm, Scientific American, 16 Apr. 2021 Was everything hunky dory until Snowball Earth after all? Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 28 May 2020 Our hero, heart pumping, has been pulling his dory through the water. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2020 At the dawn of the 20th century, Lowell’s was producing 1,500 to 2,000 dories a year. Brian Macquarrie,, 23 June 2019 See More

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First Known Use of dory

1709, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dory

Miskito dóri dugout

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31 Jul 2022

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do·​ry | \ ˈdȯr-ē How to pronounce dory (audio) \
plural dories

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: a boat with a flat bottom, high sides that flare out, and a sharp bow

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