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yawl1

[yawl]
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noun
  1. a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.
  2. a two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel having a large mainmast and a smaller jiggermast or mizzenmast stepped abaft the sternpost.Compare ketch.See also schooner(def 1), topsail schooner.
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Origin of yawl1

First recorded in 1660–70, yawl is from the Dutch word jol kind of boat < ?

yawl2

[yawl]
noun, verb (used with or without object) British Dialect.
  1. yowl; howl.
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Origin of yawl2

1300–50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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Examples from the Web for yawl

Historical Examples

  • The doubloons in the yawl would have been lost but for the sagacity of Mulford.

    Graham's Magazine Vol XXXII. No. 3. March 1848

    Various

  • In the yawl the mizzenmast is always stepped aft of the rudder-post.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • Fig. 150 shows the position of the booms when scudding with a schooner and yawl.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • There is the cutter rig, yawl rig, sloop rig, and the ketch rig.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats

    Raymond Francis Yates

  • Then having fastened the "Baleine" to the yawl, he towed her back.


British Dictionary definitions for yawl

yawl1

noun
  1. a two-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with a large mainmast and a small mizzenmast stepped aft of the rudderpostCompare ketch, sloop
  2. a ship's small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars
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Word Origin

C17: from Dutch jol or Middle Low German jolle, of unknown origin

yawl2

verb
  1. (intr) British dialect to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl
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Word Origin

C14: from Low German jaulen; see yowl
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Word Origin and History for yawl

n.

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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