Definition of skiff
: any of various small boats; especially : a flat-bottomed rowboat
Recent Examples of skiff from the web
Travel to shore and go on excursions via a skiff boat, each of which seats 15 and is headed by a captain and expert nature guide.
Chris Byrnes, a state biologist, and Sheri Washington, an intern with the nonprofit Coastal Watershed Institute (C.W.I.), rowed a small skiff into a shallow pond.
The writer is a miner with a pick; the writer is a pilot with a plane; the writer is a rower in a skiff, towing a log against the current, heading stoutly always in the same direction.
UNTAVI, Bolivia — Overturned fishing skiffs lie abandoned on the shores of what was Bolivia’s second-largest lake.
After what seems to be hours of floating around in a little fishing skiff, Bourdain and his companions finally reel in one good specimen, and return to dry land to toss it on the grill.
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Origin and Etymology of skiff
Middle English skif, from Middle French or Old Italian; Middle French esquif, from Old Italian schifo, of Germanic origin; akin to Old English scip ship
First Known Use: 15th century
SKIFF Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of skiff for English Language Learners
: a small, light boat that is usually for only one person
SKIFF Defined for Kids
Definition of skiff for Students
: a small light rowboat
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