from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A flatbottom open boat of shallow draft, having a pointed bow and a square stern and propelled by oars, sail, or motor.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
- n. Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
- n. A light wind/rain/snow, etc.
- n. Used when referring to anyone (typically rednecks and fishermen) who has a degree of intelligence, but believes they are more than they actually are.
- v. To navigate in a skiff.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, light boat.
- transitive v. To navigate in a skiff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Formerly, a small sailing vessel resembling a sloop.
- n. Now, a small boat propelled by oars.
- To sail upon or pass over in a skiff or light boat.
- Oblique; distorted; awkward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor
Middle English skif, from Old French esquif, from Old Italian schifo, of Germanic origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French esquif, from Old Italian schifo ("small boat"), from Lombardic *skif (“boat”), from Proto-Germanic *skipan (“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. (Wiktionary)