yawl

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[ yawl ]
/ yɔl /

noun

a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.
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 yawl

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

Definition for yawl (2 of 2)

yawl2
[ yawl ]
/ yɔl /

noun, verb (used with or without object) British Dialect.

yowl; howl.

Origin of yawl

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1300–50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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British Dictionary definitions for yawl (1 of 2)

yawl1
/ (jɔːl) /

noun

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

Word Origin for yawl

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

British Dictionary definitions for yawl (2 of 2)

yawl2
/ (jɔːl) /

verb

(intr) British dialect to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl

Word Origin for yawl

C14: from Low German jaulen; see yowl
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