skiff

noun
\ ˈskif How to pronounce skiff (audio) \

Definition of skiff

: any of various small boats especially : a flat-bottomed rowboat

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Earlier Saturday, skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing villages and McLean’s Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Florida’s Atlantic coast. Washington Post, "Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm," 2 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, small skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing communities and McLean's Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Florida's Atlantic coast. Author: Ramón Espinosa, Anchorage Daily News, "Dorian closes in on Bahamas as dangerous Category 5 storm," 1 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, small skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing communities and McLean’s Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Florida’s Atlantic coast. Ramon Espinosa, BostonGlobe.com, "Hurricane Dorian strengthens to Category 5 storm," 1 Sep. 2019 Residents keep Boston whalers or skiffs in marinas on the mainland and use them for the minute-long ride to the island, parking them at a dock on the north side, about 500 feet from this property. Julie Lasky, New York Times, "Looking for a Beach House? It’ll Cost You," 2 Aug. 2019 The attraction houses more than 300 vessels dating from the mid-19th century onward and touches on all modes of water transportation, including skiffs, canoes, motorboats and a 106-foot houseboat. Washington Post, "More than 1,500 ways to celebrate Museum Day on Sept. 21," 21 Sep. 2018 Players drive around using a skiff and take on side missions that often lead to Jack receiving the Ultimate upgrades for its assault and support abilities or at the least more components. Gieson Cacho, The Mercury News, "Review: ‘Gears of War 5’ uses past to set path for its future," 6 Sep. 2019 On Saturday, small skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing communities and McLean's Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 150 miles from Florida's Atlantic coast. Ramón Espinosa, USA TODAY, "Hurricane Dorian tears through Bahamas as dangerous Category 5 storm," 1 Sep. 2019 Earlier Saturday, skiffs shuttled between outlying fishing villages and McLean’s Town, a settlement of a few dozen homes at the eastern end of Grand Bahama island, about 150 miles (240 kilometers) from Florida’s Atlantic coast. Ramón Espinosa, Twin Cities, "Dorian strikes Bahamas with record fury as Category 5 storm," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of skiff

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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skiff

noun

English Language Learners Definition of skiff

: a small, light boat that is usually for only one person

skiff

noun
\ ˈskif How to pronounce skiff (audio) \

Kids Definition of skiff

: a small light rowboat

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