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noun, verb (used with or without object) British Dialect.
  1. yowl; howl.
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Origin of yawl2

1300–50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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British Dictionary definitions for yawling


  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
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Word Origin

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


  1. (intr) British dialect to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl
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Word Origin

C14: from Low German jaulen; see yowl
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Word Origin and History for yawling



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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