skiff "small boat," 1570s, from Fr. esquif (1540s), from It. schifo "little boat," from a Germanic source (e.g. O.H.G. scif "boat;" see SHIP (Cf. ship) (n.)). Originally the small boat of a ship.

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  • skiff — skiff …   Dictionnaire des rimes

  • Skiff — Skiff, n. [F. esquif, fr. OHG. skif, G. schiff. See {Ship}.] A small, light boat. [1913 Webster] The pilot of some small night foundered skiff. Milton. [1913 Webster] {Skiff caterpillar} (Zo[ o]l.), the larva of a moth ({Limacodes scapha}); so… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Skiff — Skiff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Skiffed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Skiffing}.] To navigate in a skiff. [R.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • skiff — skiff·less; skiff; …   English syllables

  • Skiff — (engl.), kleines Boot, vgl. Rudersport …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Skiff — (engl.), schmales, leicht gebautes Ruderboot …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • skiff — s.m.inv. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} TS sport → singolo {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: 1908. ETIMO: cfr. 2schifo …   Dizionario italiano

  • skiff — /skif/, it. /skif/ s. ingl. [dal fr. esquif, dall ital. schifo barchetta ], usato in ital. al masch. (marin.) [imbarcazione da regata a un solo vogatore] ▶◀ singolo …   Enciclopedia Italiana

  • skiff — [skıf] n [Date: 1400 1500; : Old French; Origin: esquif, from Old Italian schifo] a small light boat for one person …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • skiff — [ skıf ] noun count a small light boat with enough space for one person …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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