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[buhm-boht] /ˈbʌmˌboʊt/
noun, Nautical
a boat used in peddling provisions and small wares among vessels lying in port or offshore.
Origin of bumboat
1665-75; probably partial translation of Dutch bomschuit a small fishing boat, perhaps contraction of bodemschuit(je) literally, bottom-boat Unabridged
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  • Young Potter's bill was tremendous, and Mrs. bumboat bade him a regretful farewell when she visited us for the last time.

    A Gunner Aboard the "Yankee" Russell Doubleday
British Dictionary definitions for bumboat


any small boat used for ferrying supplies or goods for sale to a ship at anchor or at a mooring
Word Origin
C17 (in the sense: scavenger's boat) bum, from Dutch boomschip canoe (from bom tree) + boat
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