A skiff of rain blew into the shed and the two men moved their chairs back.
An example of a skiff is a boat someone would take out for a relaxing fishing trip on a river.
Origin of skiff
- Middle English skif from Old French esquif from Old Italian schifo of Germanic origin
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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.