noun (plural bawleys)
A fishing smack of a kind formerly used on the coasts of Essex and Kent.
- 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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