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noun

a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel.
a small pleasure sailboat for use in sheltered waters.

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Origin of jolly boat

1720–30; jolly<Danish jolleyawl1

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jolly boat

noun

a small boat used as a utility tender for a vessel
a small sailing boat used for pleasure

Word Origin for jolly boat

C18: jolly probably from Danish jolle yawl 1
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