jolly boat


jol·​ly boat ˈjä-lē- How to pronounce jolly boat (audio)
: a ship's boat of medium size used for general-purpose work

Word History


origin unknown

First Known Use

1728, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of jolly boat was in 1728

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“Jolly boat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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