\ˈskif \

Definition of skiff 

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

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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 Fourteen people were rescued from the Potomac River after a rowing skiff overturned on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Justin Wm. Moyer, Washington Post, "14 rescued after rowing skiff overturns in Potomac River," 14 Mar. 2018 The available boats include the J/70 keelboat, the Nacra 17 (the Olympic mixed multihull), the 49er and 49erFX (high-performance men's and women's Olympic skiff), and the Melges 32 keelboat. Rob Hodgetts, CNN, "Sailing launches eSport virtual competition," 14 May 2018 UnCruise's voyages revolve around adventure activities in remote wilderness including hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching. Gene Sloan, USA TODAY, "UnCruise Adventures eyes early start to Alaska cruise season in 2019," 6 June 2018 Smugglers routinely move cocaine out of countries like Colombia to Central America and Mexico via fishing boats, skiffs, commercial cargo ships — even homemade submarines. Washington Post, "AP Exclusive: US, Mexico open new maritime front in drug war," 29 Mar. 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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