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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
dinghy
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
rubber dinghy
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
inflatable
▪ I saw two inflatable dinghies aboard.
▪ As the crew began to unload the waste drums, inflatable dinghies were deliberately positioned underneath.
▪ If not a Carley float, then certainly an inflatable rubber dinghy.
▪ Tender Inflatable dinghy, with pump and oars.
▪ Drifting nearby, however, was a sort of transparent inflatable dinghy, low in the water, resembling a cocoon.
rubber
▪ Everyone else was busy, so I launched the small rubber dinghy and started rowing.
▪ If not a Carley float, then certainly an inflatable rubber dinghy.
sailing
▪ Here you can windsurf and waterski, and there are some excellent sailing dinghies, canoes and pedaloes.
▪ There were many sailing dinghies taking advantage of the breeze and several water skiers battling against the slight swell.
▪ Motorboats are also available for hire, as are the pedaloes and sailing dinghies.
■ NOUN
sailor
▪ And some are flexible, with fun and opportunities for dinghy sailors or non-sailors too.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
Dinghies For a change of pace, sailing dinghies and catamarans are available.
▪ Drifting nearby, however, was a sort of transparent inflatable dinghy, low in the water, resembling a cocoon.
▪ I steered the dinghy powerfully to the right.
▪ Our best property, for those on shore holidays or dinghy holidays.
▪ Porto Heli A flexible mix of dinghy sailing, catamarans and windsurfing conveniently based on a family run hotel with half board.
▪ Redcar lifeboat was launched when the man was seen floating out to sea in the four foot dinghy.
▪ The helicopter had vanished and the dinghy was much nearer the pilot, who appeared not to be moving.
▪ The tow rope sprang taut, plucking the dinghy clear as the swell broke, thundering forward on to the waiting coral.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Dinghy

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.]
    --Malcom.

  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.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
dinghy

1810, from Hindi dingi "small boat," perhaps from Sanskrit drona-m "wooden trough," related to dru-s "wood, tree" (see tree (n.)). The spelling with -h- is to indicate a hard -g-.

Wiktionary
dinghy

n. (label en nautical) A small open boat, propelled by oars or paddles, carried as a tender, lifeboat, or pleasure craft on a ship. vb. (context intransitive English) To travel by dinghy.

WordNet
dinghy

n. a small boat of shallow draft with cross thwarts for seats and rowlocks for oars with which it is propelled [syn: dory, rowboat]

Wikipedia
Dinghy

A dinghy (or dingey) is a type of small boat, often carried or towed for use as a ship's boat by a larger vessel. The term is a loanword from the Bengali, Urdu & Hindi. Utility dinghies are usually rowboats or have an outboard motor, but while some are rigged for sailing, they are not to be confused with sailing dinghies which are designed first and foremost for this purpose.

Usage examples of "dinghy".

Cave-maker, Wu thought, hearing the same sound, thinking the stream might be traveling upward, carving out an embryonic cave, a living structure with a cycle that ends in death, wondering how much trouble it would be to order a rubber dinghy, neoprene wet suit, aqualung and waterproof spotlight, dismissing the idea on the grounds he would not be here long enough to see it through.

At first they tried to hail it, thinking it was Bobber, but then realized it was just the dinghy they had set adrift.

Their own dinghy, deflated and folded around its gas cylinder, is stashed alongside that hatch in another piece of botchy retrofitting.

If a crude dinghy did get built, she would not sail with Naroin and Brod to Landing Continent, but ask to be dropped off along the way.

While Wally kept the dinghy on station above us, Chubby and I went down through the murky harbour water.

Chubby and Angelo went ashore in the dinghy - but I was too exhausted to make the effort, and dinnerless I collapsed across the double bunk in the master cabin and slept without moving until Judith woke me after nine in the morning.

Other sounds were audible, too - the slop of petrol in a half-empty jerrican, the drip of moisture from my oilskins, the rattle of tins badly stowed as the dinghy wallowed with a quick, unpredictable movement.

When the dinghy was afloat, its flat stern toward the shore, Lamar stood knee-deep in the water, holding the gunwales and looking around us, and I helped Christopher in, also keeping an eye on the water.

Doc and Sanda passed out through this, descended a short stairway to a wet, tossing float, and the bronze man hailed one of the black bumboatmen who sculled a rickety old dinghy.

Hours into the game, we had to find homonyms in the menu of a restaurant, swim out to a dinghy in the middle of a lake, and go into a house party to retrieve a clue from kids who were staging a knife fight.

Horst men seized Ham Brooks and drawly old Tex Haven, flung them into the dinghies, and rowed back down the mangrove creek.

There was a jetty at the bottom of the village, a crook of stone quay in whose shelter a couple of dinghies shifted uneasily on outhaul moorings.

They stopped by the dinghy long enough to stand the dozen conchs they had managed to collect upright in the sand.

There was another round of back slapping and hugs, and then the five of them went down to the grotto, where Ron had tied up the dinghy, and Harry waved goodbye to them, feeling that something good could come out of this after all.

Determined to reach our destination that night we waited till the ebb stream made, and then towed the yacht with the dinghy.