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yawl1

[yawl] /yɔl/
noun
1.
a ship's small boat, rowed by a crew of four or six.
2.
a two-masted, fore-and-aft-rigged sailing vessel having a large mainmast and a smaller jiggermast or mizzenmast stepped abaft the sternpost.
Compare ketch.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Dutch jol kind of boat < ?

yawl2

[yawl] /yɔl/
noun, verb (used without object), verb (used with object), British Dialect
1.
yowl; howl.
Origin
1300-50; Middle English; cf. yowl
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Examples from the web for yawl
  • Two couples sail their yawl into the heart of a hurricane and into the stormy seas of their relationships.
  • The crew all left the vessel in the yawl, except the mate, who preferred to stick to the schooner.
British Dictionary definitions for yawl

yawl1

/jɔːl/
noun
1.
a two-masted sailing vessel, rigged fore-and-aft, with a large mainmast and a small mizzenmast stepped aft of the rudderpost Compare ketch, sloop
2.
a ship's small boat, usually rowed by four or six oars
Word Origin
C17: from Dutch jol or Middle Low German jolle, of unknown origin

yawl2

/jɔːl/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (Brit, dialect) to howl, weep, or scream harshly; yowl
Word Origin
C14: from Low German jaulen; see yowl
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Word Origin and History for yawl
n.

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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Encyclopedia Article for yawl

two-masted sailboat, usually rigged with one or more jibsails, a mainsail, and a mizzen. In common with the ketch, the forward (main) mast is higher than the mizzenmast, but the mizzenmast of a yawl is placed astern of the rudder post, while that of the ketch is closer amidships. Like most modern pleasure boats, yawls are rigged with fore-and-aft sails (in line with the keel), the most effective rigging in utilizing manpower. The word yawl is sometimes applied to a dinghy and to a light fishing vessel rigged with lugsails.

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