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[kat-boht] /ˈkætˌboʊt/
a boat having one mast set well forward with a single large sail.
Origin of catboat
1875-80; cat1 + boat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Of course, the weather must be good or it's no joy job taking females to Setuckit in a catboat.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • And sure enough he come back, in his catboat, on Thursday evenin', after you'd turned in.

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Not until the catboat came back to the dock did she move out of the shadow of the boathouse.

  • The cod smelt fishy; so did the bait, and the catboat rolled and rolled.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • It was after luncheon before the three friends got away from the Stone bungalow in the catboat.

  • The legs flapped like the mainsail of a catboat that's coming about.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • Suppose Nita and her companion should be wrecked in the catboat?

  • They will draw a little, and that gives us an advantage over that catboat.

    The Rival Campers Ruel Perley Smith
  • They caught one more glimpse of the catboat as it raced ahead before the gale; they saw the gallant plebe struggling in the water.

    A Cadet's Honor Upton Sinclair
  • But in this sea, which so easily swamped the canoes, the catboat was as safe as a house.

    Wyn's Camping Days Amy Bell Marlowe
British Dictionary definitions for catboat


a sailing vessel with a single mast, set well forward and often unstayed, and a large sail, usually rigged with a gaff Shortened form cat
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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