- yowl; howl.
Origin of yawl2
1300–50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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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 yawling
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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