Dory vs Skiff what difference

what is difference between Dory and Skiff

English

Etymology 1

Attested in American English from 1709 C.E.; possibly derived from an indigenous language of the West Indies or Central America, perhaps Miskito.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɔːɹi/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹi

Noun

dory (plural dories)

  1. (nautical) A small flat-bottomed boat with pointed or somewhat pointed ends, used for fishing both offshore and on rivers.
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English dorry, from Old French doree, past participle of dorer (to gild), from Latin deauratus.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈdɔːɹi/
  • Rhymes: -ɔːɹi

Noun

dory (plural dories)

  1. Any of several different families of large-eyed, silvery, deep-bodied, laterally compressed, and roughly discoid marine fish.
Translations

Adjective

dory (comparative more dory, superlative most dory)

  1. (obsolete) Of a bright yellow or golden color.

Etymology 3

Borrowed from Ancient Greek δόρυ (dóru).

Pronunciation

Noun

dory (plural dories)

  1. A wooden pike or spear about three metres (ten feet) in length with a flat, leaf-shaped iron spearhead and a bronze butt-spike (called a sauroter), which was the main weapon of hoplites in Ancient Greece. It was usually not thrown but rather thrust at opponents with one hand.
    • 2011 (republished 2014 as an e-book), Chris McNab, A History of the World in 100 Weapons, Oxford: Osprey Publishing, →ISBN, page 37:
      The principal weapon of the hoplite was the dory spear. It was unusually long – it could measure up to 10ft (3m) in length, and weighed about 4.4lb (2kg). At one end was a broad, leaf-pattern spearhead, while at the other end was a metal spike called a sauroter. The purpose of the spike is much debated: it almost certainly acted as a counterbalance, making the spear easier to hold and wield; it could have been used as an improvised spear point, or for making downward attacks on the enemy’s exposed feet; or it might even have been embedded in the ground to keep the spear in place.
Alternative forms
  • doru

Further reading

  • dory on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • dory (fish) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • dory (spear) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021) , “dory”, in Online Etymology Dictionary

Anagrams

  • dyor


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /skɪf/
  • Rhymes: -ɪf

Etymology 1

From Middle English skif, from Middle French esquif, from Old Italian schifo (small boat), from Lombardic skif (boat), from Proto-Germanic *skipą (boat, ship). Doublet of ship.

Noun

skiff (plural skiffs)

  1. A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
  2. Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
    • 1799, William Wordsworth, The Two-Part Prelude, Book I:
      I went alone into a Shepherd’s boat,
      A skiff that to a willow-tree was tied
      Within a rocky cave, its usual home []
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

From Scots skiff (light shower of rain or snow), from skiff (move lightly); compare the derivative skiffle (whence English skiffle) and (English skift (light dusting of snow) from) Scots skift (light shower of snow), from skift (move lightly), perhaps related to shift/Old Norse skipta, or perhaps an onomatopoeic formation.

Noun

skiff (plural skiffs)

  1. A light, fleeting shower of rain or snow, or gust of wind, etc.
    • 2019, Craig Johnson, Depth of Winter: A Longmire Mystery, Penguin Books (→ISBN), page 246:
      A lashing skiff of rain sheeted across the desert, a gift from the heavens that cooled my skin and allowed some color to return to the world. It was enough to combat the smell of creosote, but not enough to sustain the land, so the desert lay back …
  2. A (typically light) dusting of snow or ice (or dust, etc) (on ground, water, trees, etc).
    • 1877, George Monro Grant, Ocean to Ocean: Sandford Fleming’s Expedition Through Canada in 1872, page 131:
      At sunrise there was a slight skiff of ice on some water in a bucket; []
    • 1899, Clara Vawter, Of Such is the Kingdom…, page 72:
      There was a light skiff of snow on the ground. The air was filled with flying flakes, which stung his cheeks sharply. A little streak of red was beginning to show in the east, and somewhere, far away, he heard a chicken crow sleepily.
    • 1999, Sara Perry, Christmastime Treats: Recipes and Crafts for the Whole FamilyA Holiday Celebrations Book, Chronicle Books (→ISBN):
      Bring a natural-looking touch of snow indoors by using your fingertips to lightly spread White Christmas Snow along the tops of the branches on your Christmas tree. To create a light skiff of snow on a six-foot noble fir, double the recipe.
    • 2001, Dave Gilham, Hell 7 New York 0, AuthorHouse (→ISBN), page 53:
      A thick skiff of dust covered the contents of the room and revealed hundreds of tracks made by very large rodents.
    • 2001, Wayde Bulow, Lure of the Mountains: The Frontier Life of a Mountain Man, iUniverse (→ISBN), page 176:
      It was getting time to start trapping and Hawk was getting anxious. Fall was everywhere from the yellow aspens, to the skiff of ice on the beaver ponds in the morning. Elk could be heard bugling up and down the valley []
    • 2004, Orson Scott Card, The Crystal City: The Tales of Alvin Maker, Tor Books (→ISBN), page 116:
      … the shore of Pontchartrain, dripping blood heavily into the inland sea, and watching as a crystal path hurtled forward across the lake, six feet wide, as thin as the skiff of ice on a basin left in the window on the night of the first freeze of autumn.
    • 2014, Glenn Crumb, Marvin Crumb, Crumbs Along the Trail, Xlibris Corporation (→ISBN), page 114:
      The next morning the men awoke to find a light skiff of snow on the ground. This event heightened the anxiety of the men in getting things finished on the house in preparation for departure.
    • 2016, Glenn Dromgoole, West Texas Stories, ACU Press (→ISBN)
      A thick skiff of snow lay over the world, and the big stars looked down on the weirdly wild scene. A long howl quivered through the night. It was quickly answered by a wild ululation from all directions. A big wolf—a fierce lobo of the Texas frontier—slipped out of the brush []
    • 2020, Lew Bryson, Whiskey Master Class: The Ultimate Guide to Understanding Scotch, Bourbon, Rye, and More, Harvard Common Press (→ISBN), page 57:
      It will grow almost anywhere it can get a toehold; I once saw rye growing in a 0.4-inch (1 cm)-deep skiff of dust on a tractor blade. Farmers call these unplanned plants “volunteers,” and you can sometimes see them []

Verb

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

  1. (dialectal, of rain or snow) To fall lightly or briefly, and lightly cover the ground (etc).
    • 1957, Combat Crew: Magazine of the Strategic Air Command, page 3:
      We must be constantly alert to increased accident potentials in taxiing, takeoff, and landings on ice-glazed and snow-skiffed runways.
    • 1981 / 1985, United States Government Printing Office, Devils Tower, Government Printing Office (→ISBN), page 50:
      The sharp wind divides the dense fur of their winter coats while they survey the snow-skiffed ground of their silent town.
    • 1983, Roy McFadden, The Selected Roy McFadden, Dundonald, N. Ireland : Blackstaff Press
      With glimpses through the skiffing rain / Of Donegal across the bay, / And Scotland when the early mist is blown, []
    • 1986, Waves:
      The first year I stayed on ’til snow skiffed the highways & we had to burn the frost out of the ditchline with coal.
    • 1998, David Anderson, A Tract of Time, editorips@usp.ac.fj (→ISBN), page 88:
      [] two hours probing burnished lamps into rain-skiffed darkness, a digger burred, clanked []
    • 2000, Roy Parvin, In the Snow Forest, W. W. Norton & Company (→ISBN), page 30:
      He crossed a bridge to the other side, the road snaking in the green of fir and spruce, turning into a hill, a bit of snow skiffed in some places, then more, then everything coated, the evidence of a recent plow, the oil-and-gravel surface still …
    • 2009, John Morgan, Giddyblue, Chipmunkapublishing ltd (→ISBN), page 143:
      “I don’t mind waiting with you.” “No, it’s all right.” “Really?” “Really.” Reluctantly, Paul said goodbye. Walking in the face of skiffing rain he was almost past the kebab shop before he realised it. “Donner kebab,” Paul said as if it was a refrain.
    • 2009, Kent Nerburn, The Wolf at Twilight: An Indian Elder’s Journey Through a Land of Ghosts and Shadows, New World Library (→ISBN), page 267:
      In others, you could see all the way through to the basement stairway below. All the doors on the second floor had been torn from their hinges. The wind blew in through the empty windows, skiffing snow In one room a rotting mattress had been …
    • 2018, Claire McGowan, The Killing House (Paula Maguire 6): An explosive Irish crime thriller that will give you chills, Headline (→ISBN)
      Rain skiffed against the windows as she told Maeve about the possible link between Paddy Wallace, Mark O’Hanlon and Prontias Ryan. Maeve listened, nodding along.

Etymology 3

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Noun

skiff (plural skiffs)

  1. An act of slightly pruning tea bushes, placing new leaves at a convenient height without removing much woody growth.

Verb

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

  1. To cut (a tea bush) to maintain the plucking table.

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