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skiff (n.)

"small boat," 1570s, from French esquif (1540s), from Italian schifo "little boat," from a Germanic source (such as Old High German scif "boat;" see ship (n.)). Originally the small boat of a ship.

updated on September 12, 2012

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Definitions of skiff from WordNet

skiff (n.)
any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor;
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