\ 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 After sailing up to the end of the Peninsula and back as far as this cove, the yacht was brought to an anchor and the parting, taking their three shot guns, when off to the sore in the skiff. Merrie Monteagudo, San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: In 1873 Capt. George Charlesworth saw a frightful monster in San Diego Bay," 4 Oct. 2020 Ted Haynie has an old Chesapeake Bay skiff with a 1964 four-cylinder Gray Marine gas engine. Washington Post, "Hum, thrum and roar: Modern sounds bring joy to those who hear them," 28 Sep. 2020 Benjamin’s sloop outside Nassau sank, forcing him to leap into a small skiff towed behind it. Andrea Cooper, Smithsonian Magazine, "Charlotte’s Monument to a Jewish Confederate Was Hated Even Before It Was Built," 23 Sep. 2020 After being rescued, several crew members tried circling the boat in their skiff in an attempt to find survivors. Michael Williams,, "New harrowing details revealed in Conception dive-boat fire that killed 34," 18 Sep. 2020 The Carpenters live on the water, and Adam spends his summer plying the waters of Warren Cove in Plymouth, Massachusetts, on his own small skiff with a motor. David Kindy, USA TODAY, "13-year-old Massachusetts fisherman catches rare blue lobster, a 1 in 200 million find," 4 Sep. 2020 On the water, lobster boats chug, skiff oars pull at the inky water. Sara B. Franklin, Travel + Leisure, "This Tiny Maine Island Is 12 Square Miles of Solitude," 7 Aug. 2020 On July 29, three mariners aboard a 23-foot white and blue skiff departed Puluwat Atoll intending to travel approximately 21 nautical miles to Pulap, Chuuk. Joelle Goldstein,, "3 Stranded Mariners Rescued After Spelling Out 'SOS' in Sand of Tiny, Uninhabited Island," 4 Aug. 2020 The three-person crew aboard a 23-foot skiff set out from Pulawat atoll on Thursday. Fox News, "Missing sailors rescued from Pacific island after SOS signal spotted in the sand," 4 Aug. 2020

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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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11 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Skiff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Nov. 2020.

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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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