Skiff meaning

skĭf
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(weather) A light wind/rain/snow, etc.

A skiff of rain blew into the shed and the two men moved their chairs back.

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A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
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(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.
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To navigate in a skiff.
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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.

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A flatbottom open boat of shallow draft, having a pointed bow and a square stern and propelled by oars, sail, or motor.
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Any of various small, light, open boats propelled by oars, sail, or motor.
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Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
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(weather, Nova Scotia) A deep blanket of snow covering the ground.
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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.

    From Wiktionary

  • Borrowing from Scottish Gaelic sguabag.

    From Wiktionary