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dinghy

Syllabification: din·ghy
Pronunciation: /ˈdiNGē
 
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Definition of dinghy in English:

noun (plural dinghies)

1A small boat for recreation or racing, especially an open boat with a mast and sails.
Example sentences
  • Some categories of boats are full, such as yachts, sailing dinghies and self-drive motor boats.
  • Still undaunted by what was acknowledged, at the time, as the longest distance ever sailed in an open dinghy out of sight of land, the King planted a flag at the base to commemorate the event.
  • Some other members were on hand to demonstrate how to rig the sails on a sailing dinghy and show the layout of a boat to the trainees.
1.1A small, inflatable rubber boat.
Example sentences
  • The lifeboat located four kayakers, who had landed at a cove east of Spain tower, and the lifeboat launched an inflatable dinghy to rescue the stranded kayakers.
  • The La Malouine was nearest and proceeded to attempt to pick up the crew that by this time were in their rubber dinghy.
  • This, too, will be the venue for the Festival Regatta, when inflatable dinghies will race from Barrow Bridge to Spa Bridge.
1.2The smallest of a ship’s boats.
Example sentences
  • A handheld VHF radio is handy for communicating with the mother ship when you're exploring by dinghy.
  • With bigger vessels unfortunately absent, the society turned to plan B, launching five smaller boats into the quay, including a 1943 vintage dinghy used by the Royal Navy.
  • Instead, the day's drama was limited to watching the spar of the Victory, the St. George's dinghy crewed by two of his siblings, snap in two shortly after the start of the second race.

Origin

early 19th century (denoting a rowboat used on rivers in India): from Hindi ḍiṅgī.

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