Definition of bawley in English:


Line breaks: baw¦ley
Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːli

noun (plural bawleys)

  • A fishing smack of a kind formerly used on the coasts of Essex and Kent.
    More example sentences
    • It was a wonderful sight to see 21 smacks and bawleys go off, followed half an hour later by 9 barges.
    • He knew the smacks, bawleys and barges, and had sailed aboard most boats suited to the tidal waters.
    • There are still a few of these bawleys on the East Coast, mostly now used for charter.


late 19th century: of unknown origin.

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