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dinghy (noun) a small flat-bottomed boat.
One of the several flat-bottomed open boats attached to a ship and used to carry people to the shore from the ship and back is a dinghy. Dinghies are also used for racing or for pleasure sailing.
- Sailing in a dinghy on what appeared to be a calm and pleasurable evening, the couple was shocked when they sighted a whale at a distance.
- The search and rescue party came across a dinghy on the ocean, but with the people supposed to be in it, missing.