- The definition of a skiff is a small boat with a flat bottom and pointed front used in shallow water.
An example of a skiff is a boat someone would take out for a relaxing fishing trip on a river.
Origin: MFr esquif from Italian schifo from Langobardic an unverified form skif, akin to ship
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Origin: Middle English skif, from Old French esquif, from Old Italian schifo, of Germanic origin.