schuit (plural schuits)
- A flat-bottomed Dutch river-boat; a barge.
- 1751, [Tobias] Smollett, chapter 70, in The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle […], volume II, London: Harrison and Co., […], published 1781, OCLC 316121541:
- Peregrine […] next day embarked, with his companions, in the Skuyt, for Haarlem, where they dined, and in the evening arrived at the antient city of Leyden […] .
- schuyt (obsolete)
From Middle Dutch schute, from Old Dutch skūta. Cognate with Middle Low German schûte (“a type of boat or light ship”). Perhaps tied to Proto-Germanic *skeutaz (“quick”), thus making it related to Old Norse skúta (“a small craft or cutter”), Old Norse skjótr (“quick”), Old English sċēot (“quick, ready”), Dutch schieten (“to shoot”).
- A boat or small ship, usually a flat-bottomed one used for inland navigation or less commonly for coastal navigation; a barge.