jolly boat

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:
1720–30; jolly < Danish jolle yawl

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jolly boat
 
n
1.  a small boat used as a utility tender for a vessel
2.  a small sailing boat used for pleasure
 
[C18: jolly probably from Danish jolleyawl1]

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