Main definitions of dory in English

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dory1

noundories

  • A narrow deep-bodied fish with a mouth that can be opened very wide.

    Several genera and species in the families Zeidae and Oreosomatidae. See also and John Dory

    • ‘The price for top grade fish like monk and dory is down considerably.’
    • ‘Also found in the deep sea are the most valuable species of orange roughy, alfonsino and oreo dories.’
    • ‘The baitfish tightened into a ball as the kingfish attacked, while several snapper and dory moved in hoping to share the spoils.’
    • ‘For mains, I had chosen the pan-fried stuffed chicken breast, while Madame went for the poached dory fillet on ratatouille Nicoise.’
    • ‘This is a wildly successful business where the staff dispense dory and deep and meaningful advice in equal quantities.’

Origin

Late Middle English from French dorée, feminine past participle of dorer ‘gild’, from late Latin deaurare ‘gild over’, based on Latin aurum ‘gold’. Compare with dorado.

Pronunciation

dory

/ˈdɔːri/

Main definitions of dory in English

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dory2

noundories

  • A small flat-bottomed rowing boat with a high bow and stern, originally of a kind used for fishing in New England.

    • ‘Training is done in a fleet of five dories with outboard motors, with a similar number awaiting work to bring them back into service.’
    • ‘The central compound of parliamentary buildings has been compared to the forms of a cluster of overturned, beached fishing dories.’
    • ‘Far more satisfying, however, was picking off the slower vessels that had started before us: the lumbering dories, skiffs, and wherries.’
    • ‘The rowing contingent went first, led by four venerable Banks dories, the traditional high-ended, flat-bottomed boats emblematic of Yankee seafaring.’
    • ‘It has run dories and oar boats in the canyon since 1964.’
    • ‘The guides lash the dories and rafts together and, with help from an outboard, begin motoring toward the gates.’
    • ‘You can see it in the way the boatmen fret over their dories: spit-polishing microscopic scratches on the hulls, glowering when passengers track dirt onto the decks.’
    • ‘A commercial line-fishing boat might have a crew of four men and a couple of dinghies or dories.’
    • ‘Whether you navigate it in a rubber raft or a dory, the 225 miles of river can be alternately easy and terrifying.’
    • ‘Since 1867 upwards of one hundred and fifty of these boats and twenty dories have been built on the island.’
    • ‘They'll kayak the waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence and, as a tribute to the host province, paddle a traditional wooden dory row boat.’
    • ‘There are the most traditional crafts: dories, shells, and plain old rowboats, designed for rough surf.’
    • ‘One large boat tried to run over the small dory I was in.’
    • ‘Why, you'd have an easier time piloting your dory around the reflecting pool at the Legislature.’
    • ‘Hand-made by an artisanal boat-maker in Maine, it is a child-sized replica of the wooden dories found on the shores of Maine.’
    • ‘Late fishermen were pushing boats into the misty coastal waters as more dories dotting the shallow bay pulled in nets.’
    • ‘All that day and all the day following, Port Haven was scoured from top to bottom, from the smallest closet to the tiniest dockside dory.’
    • ‘He gets in two good strokes, lining up the dory.’
    • ‘In truth, Newport Beach has always drawn a diverse population of sailing enthusiasts and dory fishermen, Gatsby wannabes and dedicated surfers, limo owners and beach-cruiser pedalers.’
    • ‘Each day the men went out in the dories and fished the reef.’

Origin

Early 18th century perhaps from Miskito dóri ‘dugout’.

Pronunciation

dory

/ˈdɔːri/