\ ˈskif How to pronounce skiff (audio) \

Definition of skiff

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

Examples of skiff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web On mornings with light wind, the scientists set out in an 18-foot skiff to look for dolphins near where the Potomac River empties into the bay. Christina Larson, Baltimore Sun, 7 Apr. 2022 At Bahia Agua Verde the following day, cruisers can visit a local ranchero, take a mule ride, or explore the coast in a small skiff. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 15 Nov. 2021 Some of Captain Moore’s friends arrive in a skiff — Nate, Kent, and Chewy the dog. Peter Wayne Moe, Longreads, 25 Feb. 2022 On a recent foray onto California’s largest and most troubled lake, Lyons rode a Zodiac skiff across the Salton Sea against a backdrop of mountains and dunes. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 28 Nov. 2021 The fish had been caught from a skiff on the shore of Lake Victoria and only an hour or two later dredged in flour, fried to a golden crisp in a vat of vegetable oil over a wood fire, and served to me with lime and piri-piri sauce. Torrey Peters, Bon Appétit, 4 Jan. 2022 Aboard a 23-foot super-panga with casting decks and poling platforms, your guides will propel the skiff into the shallows while searching for fish. The Editors, Outside Online, 5 Feb. 2020 Another time, his skiff overturned on Rio Hardy in Mexico and had to scramble ashore, his dog clinging to his back. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Feb. 2022 Malleville, Bonato and family on board their skiff. Jay Cheshes, WSJ, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Skiff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of skiff

: a small light rowboat

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