There are 2 main definitions of skiff in English:

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skiff 1

Pronunciation: /skif/

noun

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.

Origin

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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There are 2 main definitions of skiff in English:

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skiff 2

Pronunciation: /skɪf/

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noun

North American & Scottish
A flurry or light covering of snow: a fresh skiff of snow lay on the ground
More example sentences
  • We were walking the land in late February, a skiff of snow still on the ground.
  • The biting winds, freezing rain, and skiffs of snow felt like a judgment by God for some unfathomable sin.
  • It was bitterly cold, with a thin skiff of snow holding down the dirt and dust of the streets.

Origin

Early 18th century (as verb meaning 'to move lightly and quickly'): perhaps an alteration of earlier skift, or from scuff.

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