Main meanings of skiff in English

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skiff1

Pronunciation /skɪf/

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noun

  • A light rowing boat or sculling boat, typically for one person.

    ‘Charles hurriedly had his friends assist him in launching his rowing skiff and went after the dolphins.’
    • ‘They did not qualify, however, because the Scouts' canoes were not the sculling skiffs required by the rules.’
    • ‘His boat is a small skiff with a 25 hp engine, which seriously limits how many people he can take out.’
    • ‘Today the sailboats and skiffs are lost to history, along with the working vessels that carried goods to docks long gone.’
    • ‘There are 160 German naval personnel in Mombasa monitoring the Horn of Africa, presumably for al-Qaeda skiffs and pirate ships.’
    • ‘The ships held five long skiffs that were used for landings.’
    • ‘Still, next time I'll pilot a Thames skiff instead of driving a car!’
    • ‘Tugs and skiffs sprawl, black on the multicoloured Thames.’
    • ‘It is certainly very enjoyable, a music-hall-style adaptation of the tale of three chaps in flannels traversing the Thames in a skiff.’
    • ‘It is run by some very experienced guides with a large fleet of brand-new skiffs.’
    • ‘We used the skiff to slip into a narrow gap in the reef.’
    • ‘The official opening of the new facility at Gill Pier was followed by an inaugural race for local skiffs.’
    • ‘It was a great day out and we hope to have raised thousands to keep the skiffs up and running.’
    • ‘The skiffs were crewed by teams from pubs and clubs in the area.’
    • ‘A couple of skiffs are running local dives so I haven't missed the chance to dive, only the chance to see Namena.’
    • ‘Breakfast over, I grabbed my kit while Joel grabbed the ice chest; it was just a short walk to the skiff with its fifty horse power motor.’
    • ‘There was an octagonal fountain so large you could row about it in a skiff.’
    • ‘My first job was handline fishing for mackerel off Kilkeel in a skiff I owned with my brother.’
    • ‘The 49er class of 4.9m-long skiffs was first introduced as an Olympic event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.’
    • ‘On a moonlit June night, members of Doc's team sit on three skiffs in the lagoon's North Sound, waiting to trap the young sharks in nets.’

Origin

Late 15th century from French esquif, from Italian schifo, of Germanic origin; related to ship.

Main meanings of skiff in English

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skiff2

Pronunciation /skɪf/

Translate skiff into Spanish

noun

North American, Scottish
  • A flurry or light covering of snow.

    ‘a fresh skiff of snow lay on the ground’
    • ‘We were walking the land in late February, a skiff of snow still on the ground.’
    • ‘The biting winds, freezing rain, and skiffs of snow felt like a judgment by God for some unfathomable sin.’
    • ‘It was bitterly cold, with a thin skiff of snow holding down the dirt and dust of the streets.’
    • ‘There were passages of thin ice and skiffs of snow over black ice, and he had to be constantly on his guard.’
    • ‘A skiff of autumn leaves blew out of the trees across the street.’

Origin

Early 18th century (as verb meaning ‘to move lightly and quickly’): perhaps an alteration of earlier skift, or from scuff.