Definition of skiff
: any of various small boats; especially : a flat-bottomed rowboat
Recent Examples of skiff from the Web
In exactly 56 minutes, 45 million gallons of water from Lake Union had filled the cut, followed by a small skiff carrying a man and two boys, which motored through the opening in the cofferdam and into the cut.
While the Navy was able to keep these high-end platforms, its move led to ridiculous displays such as $1.3 billion Burke-class destroyers chasing Somali pirates in $1,000 skiffs.
Inside Humboldt Bay the California halibut picked up the action for skiff and kayak fishers.
Skiffs, dwarfed by the Maquoit’s 98-foot length, head in the opposite direction, steered by solo skippers on their way into the wharfs.
As the events started and windsurfers, dinghies and skiffs flew by in the shadow of Sugarloaf Mountain, Mason freely admits Rio 2016 became as much about the topography as the sailing talent.
UnCruise says the replica coastal steamer will be newly outfitted with kayaks and skiffs for Alaska exploring.
UnCruise voyages are heavy in adventure activities such as hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, skiff excursions and whale watching.
The Ashland fired two rounds at the skiff with a 25 mm gun, setting it ablaze and forcing the pirates to abandon ship, the Navy said.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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