noun Nautical.

a boat used in peddling provisions and small wares among vessels lying in port or offshore.

Nearby words

  1. bumblefoot,
  2. bumbleheaded,
  3. bumblepuppy,
  4. bumbling,
  5. bumblingly,
  6. bumbry,
  7. bumetanide,
  8. bumf,
  9. bumfluff,
  10. bumfreezer

Origin of bumboat

1665–75; probably partial translation of Dutch bomschuit a small fishing boat, perhaps contraction of bodemschuit(je) literally, bottom-boat

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Examples from the Web for bumboat

  • Young Potter's bill was tremendous, and Mrs. Bumboat bade him a regretful farewell when she visited us for the last time.

British Dictionary definitions for bumboat



any small boat used for ferrying supplies or goods for sale to a ship at anchor or at a mooring

Word Origin for bumboat

C17 (in the sense: scavenger's boat) bum, from Dutch boomschip canoe (from bom tree) + boat

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