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skiff (noun) a small boat for rowing or sailing.
A small boat that moves across rivers and seas either by rowing or with the help of sails is a skiff. Usually it can carry only one person.
- Samson has bought a skiff. In this small boat which can be rowed or can move along with the help of sails, he spends most of the afternoon rowing across the sea.
- The skiff sank into the sea. But the only sailor in the small boat was a good swimmer and reached the shore safely.