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1785-95; < Bengali diṅgi, Hindi ḍiṅgī, diminutive of ḍiṅgā (डिंगी, ডিঙ্গা) boat
dinghy (plural dinghies)
- (nautical) A small open boat, propelled by oars or paddles, carried as a tender, lifeboat, or pleasure craft on a ship.
1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, The Three Corpse Trick:
- The dinghy was trailing astern at the end of its painter, and Merrion looked at it as he passed. He saw that it was a battered-looking affair of the prahm type, with a blunt snout, and like the parent ship, had recently been painted a vivid green.
- (nautical) An inflatable rubber life raft.
- (intransitive) To travel by dinghy.