yawl

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[yawl]
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noun
  1. a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.
  2. 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.

Origin of yawl

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

yawl

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[yawl]
noun, verb (used with or without object) British Dialect.
  1. yowl; howl.

Origin of yawl

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1300–50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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Related Words for yawl

vessel, dandy, sailboat

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British Dictionary definitions for yawl

yawl

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noun
  1. a two-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with a large mainmast and a small mizzenmast stepped aft of the rudderpostCompare ketch, sloop
  2. 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

yawl

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verb
  1. (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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Word Origin and History for yawl
n.

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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