From Middle French, from Old Italian schifo (“small boat”), from Lombardic *skif (“boat”), from Proto-Germanic *skipą (“boat, ship”), from Proto-Indo-European *skei- (“to split, cut”). Cognate with Old High German skif (“boat, ship”), Old English scip (“small craft, boat”). More at ship.
esquif m (plural esquifs)
- (literary) skiff (any of various types of boats small enough for sailing or rowing by one person)