Rowboat vs Skiff - What's the difference?

rowboat | skiff |


As nouns the difference between rowboat and skiff

is that rowboat is (us) a small open boat propelled by oars (by rowing) while skiff is a small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern or skiff can be (weather|nova scotia) a deep blanket of snow covering the ground.

As a verb skiff is

to navigate in a skiff.

rowboat

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • (US) A small open boat propelled by oars (by rowing).
  • Synonyms

    * rowing boat (UK )

    skiff

    English

    (wikipedia skiff)

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) esquif, from (etyl) . More at (l).

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
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  • Any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person.
  • (weather) A light wind/rain/snow, etc.
  • (slang) Used when referring to anyone (typically rednecks and fishermen) who has a degree of intelligence, but believes they are more than they actually are.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • to navigate in a skiff.
  • Etymology 2

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    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (weather, Nova Scotia) a deep blanket of snow covering the ground