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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A flatbottom open boat of shallow draft, having a pointed bow and a square stern and propelled by oars, sail, or motor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To sail upon or pass over in a skiff or light boat.
  • Oblique; distorted; awkward.
  • noun Formerly, a small sailing vessel resembling a sloop.
  • noun Now, a small boat propelled by oars.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb rare To navigate in a skiff.
  • noun A small, light boat.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the larva of a moth (Limacodes scapha); -- so called from its peculiar shape.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
  • noun Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
  • noun A light wind/rain/snow, etc.
  • noun 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.
  • verb To navigate in a skiff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun any of various small boats propelled by oars or by sails or by a motor

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English skif, from Old French esquif, from Old Italian schifo, of Germanic origin.]

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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.

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