An example of a skiff is a boat someone would take out for a relaxing fishing trip on a river.
Origin of skiffMiddle French esquif from Italian schifo from Langobardic an unverified form skif, akin to ship
Origin of skiffMiddle English skif from Old French esquif from Old Italian schifo of Germanic origin
- A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
- Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
- (weather) A light wind/rain/snow, etc.
- A skiff of rain blew into the shed and the two men moved their chairs back.
- (slang) Used when referring to anyone (typically rednecks and fishermen) who has a degree of intelligence, but believes they are more than they actually are.
(third-person singular simple present skiffs, present participle skiffing, simple past and past participle skiffed)
- to navigate in a skiff.
From Middle French esquif, from Old Italian schifo (“small boat"), from Lombardic *skif (“boat"), from Proto-Germanic *skipÄ… (“boat, ship"), from Proto-Indo-European *skei- (“to split, cut"). Cognate with Old High German skif (“boat, ship"), Old English scip (“small craft, boat"). More at ship.
Borrowing from Scottish Gaelic sguabag.