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Webster 1913 Edition


Skiff

Skiff

,
Noun.
[F.
esquif
, fr. OHG.
skif
, G.
schiff
. See
Ship
.]
A small, light boat.
The pilot of some small night-foundered
skiff
.
Milton.
Skiff caterpillar
(Zool.)
,
the larva of a moth (
Limacodes scapha
); – so called from its peculiar shape.

Skiff

,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Skiffed
;
p. pr. & vb. n.
Skiffing
.]
To navigate in a skiff.
[R.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Skiff

SKIFF

,
Noun.
[L. schapha;] A small light boar resembling a yawl.

SKIFF

,
Verb.
T.
To pass over in a light boat.

Definition 2022


skiff

skiff

English

Noun

skiff (plural skiffs)

  1. A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 7, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      Old Applegate, in the stern, just set and looked at me, and Lord James, amidship, waved both arms and kept hollering for help. I took a couple of everlasting big strokes and managed to grab hold of the skiff's rail, close to the stern.
  2. Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
  3. (weather) A light wind/rain/snow, etc.
    A skiff of rain blew into the shed and the two men moved their chairs back.
  4. (slang) Someone (typically a redneck or fisherman) who has a degree of intelligence, but believes they are more than they actually are.
Translations

Verb

skiff (third-person singular simple present skiffs, present participle skiffing, simple past and past participle skiffed)

  1. to navigate in a skiff.

Etymology 2

Borrowing from Scottish Gaelic sguabag.

Noun

skiff (plural skiffs)

  1. (weather, Nova Scotia) a deep blanket of snow covering the ground