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Dingey \Din"gey\, Dingy \Din"gy\, Dinghy \Din"ghy\, n. [Bengalee dingi.]

  1. a small boat propelled by oars or sails, used in the East Indies, in sheltered waters. [Written also dinghey.]

  2. a small boat intended to be used as a tender or lifeboat, carried or towed by a ship. It may be propelled by oars, sail, or a motor.

  3. a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled.

    Syn: dory, rowboat.


n. (alternative spelling of dinghy English)

Usage examples of "dingey".

I heard the bows ground in the sand, staved the dingey off the rudder of the big boat with my piggin, and freeing the painter, landed.

When he thought about that he always got a little dingey and was hard to reason with about paintings in museums like that.

I think the motherfucking dingey Arctor himself wrote this check, very fast--the letters slanted--because for some reason he was in a hurry.

From the day he found his cephscope sabotaged--certainly the day he arrived home with his car all fucked up, fucked up in such a way as to almost kill him--he's been dingey ever since.

It has hitherto been supposed that the four men who were in the dingey perished, but this is incorrect.

I crouched in the bottom of the dingey, stunned, and staring blankly at the vacant, oily sea.

In the morning I would gather some provisions in the dingey, and after setting fire to the pyre before me, push out into the desolation of the high sea once more.

Chaffers took the dingey and went up two or three miles further, where she also grounded, but in a fresh-water river.

There are seven boats aboard, the captain’s dingey, and the six which the hunters will use.

Pleasure yachts dropped their anchors in the cove around the head-land from the Patriarch's cottage--and their dingeys brought women decked out de rigeur in middy blouses and sailor collars, and nattily attired gentlemen whose only claim to seamanship was the clothes, or rather, the costumes that they wore.