Origin of skiffMiddle French esquif from Italian schifo from Langobardic an unverified form skif, akin to ship
The fisherman rowed his skiff into the placid harbor early in the morning.
An example of a skiff is a boat someone would take out for a relaxing fishing trip on a river.
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.
- Skiff Guide Long-Sleeve: Made of a quick-drying, moisture-wicking polyester, this shirt also has an antimicrobial treatment that allows for multiple wearings over the course of a trip.
- Sir John Alleyne and two men, all badly wounded, clinging to a skiff.
- The fuze was lighted and the crew of six were pushing off in their little motor skiff when the propellor was torn off by fouling the submarine, and they had to take to the oars.
- The name of the village was derived from a Swede, Jeremiah Dobbs, whose family probably moved hither from Delaware, and who at the beginning of the last quarter of the 18th century had a skiff ferry, which was kept up by his family for a century afterwards.