Other Word Forms of Skiff
Origin of 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.
Middle English skif from Old French esquif from Old Italian schifo of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Borrowing from Scottish Gaelic sguabag.
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