- 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.
skiff definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle French esquif ; from Italian schifo ; from Langobardic an unverified form skif, akin to ship
skiff definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English skif, from Old French esquif, from Old Italian schifo, of Germanic origin.