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[kat-boht] /ˈkætˌboʊt/
a boat having one mast set well forward with a single large sail.
Origin of catboat
First recorded in 1875-80; cat + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • And sure enough he come back, in his catboat, on Thursday evenin', after you'd turned in.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • The cod smelt fishy; so did the bait, and the catboat rolled and rolled.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Besides, they have the tender and catboat and can send ashore for help, if they need it.

    Up the Forked River

    Edward Sylvester Ellis
  • The legs flapped like the mainsail of a catboat that's coming about.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • They will draw a little, and that gives us an advantage over that catboat.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • Suppose Nita and her companion should be wrecked in the catboat?

  • The catboat rocked at its moorings, and there was no trace of how Nita had departed.

  • Indeed, the breeze fell so at times that the 190 catboat made no headway.

  • Polly shoved off the catboat and proceeded to get under way again.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
  • Wyn was the first one ashore when the bow of the catboat touched the landing.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for catboat


a sailing vessel with a single mast, set well forward and often unstayed, and a large sail, usually rigged with a gaff Shortened form cat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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