noun gab·bard \ˈgabərd\
variants: or



Definition of gabbard



  1. :  a small ship (as a lighter or barge) formerly much used in inland navigation in Scotland

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Origin and Etymology of gabbard

modification (influenced by -ard, -art) of Middle French gabarre, gabbarre ship, from Old Provençal gabarra

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capable of being understood in two ways

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