This time of year there are little snow storms that are...

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Question: This time of year there are little snow storms that are referred to as “skiff’s” or leaving only a “skiff” of snow. What is the origin of the word “skiff”?

Answer: According to Webster’s Third Edition New International Unabridged Dictionary, the word “skiff” is of Scottish etymology. It means “to pass lightly over” or “a flurry,” as of rain or wind (noun).