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jolly boat

noun
1.
a light boat carried at the stern of a sailing vessel.
2.
a small pleasure sailboat for use in sheltered waters.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; jolly < Danish jolle yawl
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jolly boat

noun
1.
a small boat used as a utility tender for a vessel
2.
a small sailing boat used for pleasure
Word Origin
C18: jolly probably from Danish jolleyawl1
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Word Origin and History for jolly boat
n.

1727, of unknown origin, probably from Danish jolle (17c.) or Dutch jol (1680s), both related to yawl; or it may be from Middle English jolywat (late 15c.) "a ship's small boat," of unknown origin.

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