dory 1[dawr-ee, dohr-ee] ExamplesWord Origin See more synonyms for dory on noun, plural do·ries.

  1. a boat with a narrow, flat bottom, high bow, and flaring sides.

Origin of dory 1 1700–10, Americanism; alleged to be Miskito dóri, dúri (if this word is itself not dory 2[dawr-ee, dohr-ee] noun, plural do·ries.

  1. John Dory.

Origin of dory 2 1400–50; late Middle English dorre, dorray Middle French doree (feminine past participle of dorer to gild) Late Latin deaurāta; see dorado Related Words for dory yacht, skiff, craft, vessel, ship, catamaran, schooner, sloop, cutter, raft, dinghy, canoe, sailboat, barge, gondola, clipper, galley, yawl, jack, bark Examples from the Web for dory Historical Examples of dory

  • In the dory the skipper, bending at his oars, was not two yards astern.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • You remember the dory sail, mast and all, was alongside that cart.

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Now I’ll take the dory and row back to the shanty after some spare anchors there is there.’

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • You take that craft of yourn home, and I’ll sail up alongside in my dory.’

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • The dory itself, with the oars in her, was moored in the cove.

    The Woman-Haters

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • British Dictionary definitions for dorydory 1 noun plural -ries

    1. any spiny-finned marine teleost food fish of the family Zeidae, esp the John Dory, having a deep compressed body
    2. another name for walleye (def. 5), walleye (def. 6)

    Word Origin for dory C14: from French dorée gilded, from dorer to gild, from Late Latin deaurāre, ultimately from Latin aurum golddory 2 noun plural -ries

    1. US and Canadian a flat-bottomed rowing boat with a high bow, stern, and sides

    Word Origin for dory C18: from Mosquito (an American Indian language of Honduras and Nicaragua) dóri dugout Word Origin and History for dory n.1

    “small, flat-bottomed boat,” 1709, American English, perhaps from a West Indian or Central American Indian language.


    type of edible fish, mid-15c., from Old French doree, originally the fem. past participle of dorer “to gild,” from Latin deauratus, from de- + aurare “to gild,” from aurum (see aureate). So called in reference to its colorings.

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