skiff

noun \ ˈskif \
Updated on: 12 Apr 2018

Definition of skiff

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

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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

SKIFF Defined for English Language Learners

skiff

Definition of skiff for English Language Learners

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


SKIFF Defined for Kids

skiff

noun \ ˈskif \

Definition of skiff for Students

: a small light rowboat


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