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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for catboat

Historical Examples of catboat

  • 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

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 gaffShortened form: cat
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