yawl

noun
\ ˈyȯl How to pronounce yawl (audio) \

Definition of yawl

1 : a ship's small boat : jolly boat
2 : a fore-and-aft rigged sailboat carrying a mainsail and one or more jibs with a mizzenmast far aft

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First Known Use of yawl

1670, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for yawl

Low German jolle

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“Yawl.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/yawl. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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yawl

noun
\ ˈyȯl How to pronounce yawl (audio) \

Kids Definition of yawl

: a sailboat having two masts with the shorter one behind the rudder

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