Origin of yawl1
First recorded in 1660–70, yawl is from the Dutch word jol kind of boat < ?
- yowl; howl.
Origin of yawl2
1300–50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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Examples from the Web for yawl
The doubloons in the yawl would have been lost but for the sagacity of Mulford.
In the yawl the mizzenmast is always stepped aft of the rudder-post.
Fig. 150 shows the position of the booms when scudding with a schooner and yawl.
There is the cutter rig, yawl rig, sloop rig, and the ketch rig.
Then having fastened the "Baleine" to the yawl, he towed her back.The Fte At Coqueville
C17: from Dutch jol or Middle Low German jolle, of unknown origin
- (intr) British dialect to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl
C14: from Low German jaulen; see yowl
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Word Origin and History for yawl
type of ship's boat, 1660s, apparently from Middle Low German jolle or Dutch jol "a Juteland boat," of unknown origin. Also borrowed into French (yole), Italian (jolo), Russian (yal).
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