\ ˈskif How to pronounce skiff (audio) \

Definition of skiff

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

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Setnet skiffs have undergone an even more dramatic evolution. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "At Bristol Bay, there’s a changing of the guard at the boatyard," 7 July 2018 As the vessels bob in the high waves, people on the dhow toss large boxes into the skiff. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "US military video purports to show arms smuggling off Yemen," 31 Aug. 2018 The short video clip appeared to show a skiff and a dhow, a traditional ship that commonly sails the waters of the Persian Gulf region. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "US military video purports to show arms smuggling off Yemen," 31 Aug. 2018 This afternoon, Princess Anne and four red-shirted men rowed a skiff up the River Thames. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Inside the Royal Family’s Oddest Tradition: Swan Upping," 17 July 2018 Stoltze, who was 53, set out Saturday morning in a 16-foot skiff to harvest crab in Prince William Sound, his family said. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Volunteers find body of crab fisherman missing near Whittier," 4 Apr. 2018 There were no injuries, according to Maggiolo, and fire personnel recovered the skiff. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "14 rescued after rowing skiff overturns in Potomac River," 14 Mar. 2018 In 1999, a fleet of blue skiffs arrived in Cobscook Bay: rockweed boats dispatched by a Nova Scotia company called Acadian Seaplants Limited. Ben Goldfarb, Smithsonian, "How Seaweed Connects Us All," 31 May 2018 Hail Sebastian Elrite, chief oyster farmer with Aqua-Rodeo Farms and skipper of a skiff that takes culinary passengers on oyster excursions in Humboldt Bay. Richard Stenger,, "Everything you need to know about the oyster capital of California," 3 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of skiff

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


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Kids Definition of skiff

: a small light rowboat

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