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skiff Syllabification: skiff

Definition of skiff in English:


A shallow, flat-bottomed open boat with sharp bow and square stern.
Example sentences
  • A punt is a small, flat-bottomed skiff that is steered with a long, gondolier-style pole that grapples the muddy river bottom with the hook at its end.
  • To complete my journey, first to Naa, then to Tebua, I travel with Nakibae Teuatabo's son Kabiea, who sits in the stern of our skiff.
  • The next day we were to leave on an open skiff down the Paraguay River for New Germany.


Late 15th century: from French esquif, from Italian schifo, of Germanic origin; related to ship1.

Words that rhyme with skiff

biff, cliff, glyph, if, kif, miff, niff, quiff, riff, skew-whiff, sniff, spliff, stiff, tiff, whiff
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