\ ˈskif How to pronounce skiff (audio) \

Definition of skiff

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

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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 But the overloaded skiff took on water fast — and capsized with the roll of a sudden swell. New York Times, "She Was Duped and Shipped to a Brothel at 16. Then the Boat Sank.," 10 July 2019 Craft ranging from freighters to fishing skiffs ply these waters. John Gallagher, Detroit Free Press, "Tiki boats could be start of untapped business opportunity on Detroit River," 22 Aug. 2019 When Tyler discovers Zak hiding in his skiff, his instinct is to ditch him. Tom Russo,, "In ‘Peanut Butter Falcon,’ it’s the WWE or bust," 21 Aug. 2019 Villagers on Sunday night took to the water in skiffs for safety, as the fire moved toward the village, said Stan Swetzof, fire chief for the Bristol Bay Borough, which helped provide shelter. Alex Demarban, Anchorage Daily News, "Residents evacuate as wildfire approaches village in Southwest Alaska," 20 Aug. 2019 On the day of the wedding, wearing her finery, the princess climbed into a skiff that ferried her out to the ship. National Geographic, "This 'pretender princess' tried to steal Catherine the Great's throne," 6 Aug. 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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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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