dory

noun
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 Our hero, heart pumping, has been pulling his dory through the water. Washington Post, "Winslow Homer’s ‘The Fog Warning’ immerses us in a life-threatening predicament," 15 Apr. 2020 At the dawn of the 20th century, Lowell’s was producing 1,500 to 2,000 dories a year. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "A version of the boat that carried the Pilgrims from the Mayflower to the shore is getting a makeover," 23 June 2019 The Nets obviously had a summer to be proud of, but not everything is hunky dory as the season approaches. Rohan Nadkarni, SI.com, "The Four Most Interesting NBA Training Camp Storylines," 25 Sep. 2019 Now a relic, dories were for centuries the workhorses of the fishing fleets. Billy Baker, BostonGlobe.com, "In Gloucester, racing dory boats is a test of tradition," 25 June 2019 Hickman even brings his old dory to complete the experience. Emily Toomey, Smithsonian, "The Most Irish Town in America Was Built on Seaweed," 23 July 2019 Rivers dammed into reservoirs were surrounded by campers, motorcycles and recreational vehicles, and filled with fishing dories, speed boats and swimming families. Bruce Berger, WSJ, "‘Escalante’s Dream’ Review: Long Road Through the West," 12 July 2019 Over the years, Lowell’s boats have included the famed Grand Banks dory, the legendary small boat that became a mainstay on commercial fishing schooners from nearby Gloucester and far beyond. Brian Macquarrie, BostonGlobe.com, "A version of the boat that carried the Pilgrims from the Mayflower to the shore is getting a makeover," 23 June 2019 But Kevin Fedarko tells an eye-opening, hilarious, and at some points nerve-racking story about the experience of manning the poop dory on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon. The Editors, Outside Online, "The Weirdest Stories We've Ever Told," 4 June 2019

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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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21 Apr 2020

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“Dory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dory. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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dory

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How to pronounce dory (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dory

: a boat that has a flat bottom and high sides and that is used especially for fishing

dory

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

Kids Definition of dory

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

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