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Skift vs Skiff - What's the difference?

skift | skiff |

As nouns the difference between skift and skiff

is that skift is {{cx|Appalachian|lang=en}} A light dusting of snow while skiff is a small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.

As a verb skiff is

to navigate in a skiff.




(en noun)
  • A light dusting of snow.
  • * 2010 , Mark Parman, A Grouse Hunter’s Almanac: The Other Kind of Hunting (page 84)
  • A skift of snow had fallen overnight on the ski trails, and Paul had yet to groom them and erase the tracks in the new snow.



    (wikipedia skiff)

    Etymology 1

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


    (en noun)
  • A small flat-bottomed open boat with a pointed bow and square stern.
  • * , chapter=7
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=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.}}
  • 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



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